Kansai, the Large Tourism Region including Osaka and Kyoto
Kansai, the origin of Japanese history, tradition, culture, and Japan's future-oriented, blossoming diversity.
The Origin of Japan, KANSAI
The Charms of Kansai
The Charms of Kansai
Kansai, with Osaka and Kyoto in it, is the region where Japan’s capital used to be placed for over 1,000 years. Consequently, timeless traditional culture is passed on in many locations. Almost a quarter of world heritage sites registered in Japan cluster here in Kansai, a repository of numerous national treasures and important cultural assets. You can trace back to the origins of Samurai culture, garden culture, zen, tea ceremony, and other traditions in Japan.
Kansai is also the birthplace of Japanese food beloved in the world. Here, four of Miketsukuni provided superior food to the imperial court. This is the area called “the World’s Kitchen” with abundant food ingredients gathered throughout four seasons. A variety of Japanese food, transformed from Shojin (vegetarian), Honzen (formal), and Kaiseki (pre tea ceremony) Cuisines will be memorable highlights in your trip.
Surrounded by rich nature with six national parks, this region will soothe the souls of visitors. In essence, Kansai is the treasury of tourism resources that travelers seek. Enjoy finding your own treasure here in Kansai.
Getting to Kansai
The Kansai Region is connected to 75 cities in 21 countries around the world, (2019 winter schedule) via the 24-hour operational Kansai International Airport, the gateway to western Japan. Access options include by air, Shinkansen Bullet Trains, express trains, and highway buses from across Japan, alternatively, the Kansai region is equally convenient for travel to other regions too. The Shinkansen Bullet Train takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo to Osaka. The JR route network’s Japan Rail Pass system has been enhanced throughout the Kansai region, and the "KANSAI ONE PASS" is a convenient way for foreign visitors to enjoy round-trip passage via sightseeing bus.
Although the Kansai region’s conditions differ slightly from area to area, the entire Kansai area basically enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. Spring, from March to May is warm, and cherry blossoms begin to bloom in late March. The early summer often brings heavy rains from June to July, and in midsummer around August, temperatures rise to highs of around 38oC (100oF). Because of this severe heat, he mild to warm autumn and spring seasons are considered best for tourists. Especially in November, when the autumn leaves begin to appear, and the true beauty of the Kansai region can be experienced. In winter, snow often accumulates in Fukui Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, northern Hyogo Prefecture, and the various mountainous areas. Snow sports and leisure activities can be enjoyed in Kansai’s snow country.
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