The Kansai Region

KYOTO, NARA, OSAKA AND MORE

Nestled between the Central and Western regions of Japan, Kansai serves as the ideal hub location from which to explore much of the country. With access by air from Kobe Airport, Itami Airport and Kansai International Airport, port entry leading to the Seto inland sea via Osaka and Kobe, and a sprawling rail network throughout, it’s no surprise that many travellers choose this region to mark the beginning and the end of their trips to Japan. Before moving to Edo (now modern day Tokyo) in 1868, the Emperor called this region home and left behind flourishing cities of great historical and cultural importance that travellers still flock to today. Today, it continues to serve as the starting point of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage and the Nakasendo trail, and provides a great taste of an eclectic mix of lifestyles in one region.

Highlights of The Kansai Region

Kansai has a great deal to offer both first time and repeat visitors to Japan; the castle town of Himeji and its majestic castle greeting you when you leave the station; the ancient Lake Biwa and its coasts of cherry trees; Mie and Ise Jingu, dedicated to the mother goddess of Shinto religion; and Wakayama, serving as the entry to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, to name a few. Anyone would be hard pressed to run out of things to do.

Self-Guided

Cycling Lake Biwa: self-guided 5 days

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Active

Cycle through historic cultural landscapes and secluded rural villages around Japan's most iconic lake close to Kyoto.

USD 1620
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Guided

Family Adventure: Treasures of Japan's Heartland

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Level: Moderate

Experience the warmth of rural Japan on this adventure for the whole family

USD 2865
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Guided

In the Shadow of Mountains

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Level: Moderate

From sea to sea in southern Japan

USD 4755
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Self-Guided

Japan Cultural Tour: Takayama to Kiso Valley

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Level: Moderate

An experiential journey through Japan's diverse culture-rich landscapes

USD 3415
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Guided

Japan's Culinary Heritage

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Level: Moderate

Regional cuisine, the heart and soul of Japanese culture

USD 4950
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Self-Guided

Nara Ancient Capitals self-guided walking 5 days

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Active

Explore the historic and culturally significant hiking trails of lesser-known Kansai

USD 1215
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The beautiful villages of Northern Kyoto

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Level: Active

Explore the beautiful thatched-roof houses of Miyama village, the enchanting port town of Ine-cho, and relax in the Onsens of Miyazu and Kinosaki to the north of Kyoto

USD 1545
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