Kansai is the western region of the main Japanese island of Honshu, second only to Kanto region of Eastern Japan in population. The area is also known as Kinki District, literally "near the capital", and its three big cities — Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe — as Keihanshin.
Ōsaka is the third largest city in Japan, with a population of over 17 million people in its greater metropolitan area.
Kyōto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city.
Kyoto prefecture is in the Kansai region of Japan. It contains both a coastal region to the north, and broad, more densely populated basins in the south.
Osaka prefecture is in the Kansai region of Japan. There are a number of Japanese language schools in and around Osaka.
Wakayama prefecture is located in the southwestern part of Kansai region.
Hyōgo prefecture is in the western Kansai region of the main Japanese island Honshu.
Shiga prefecture is in Kansai region of Japan. See also Biwako Visitors Bureau for tourism information in English.
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