The Kinki or Kansai Region is located on the western side of the central area of Honshu Island and comprises of 6 prefectures: Shiga, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo. Osaka is the vivid metropolitan heart of the region. The Kansai region is the home of Japan’s largest freshwater lake and the area is renowned for its local cuisines. Kyoto – Nara, previous capital cities of the country, are rich in history and culture. The temples have been recognized as national heritage sites due to its importance with the people and several other venues have been listed as world heritage sites as well. Also, don’t miss out on the seaside onsens which can be found here.
To get to Kinki or Kansai region, direct flights are available from Thailand to Kansai International Airport in Osaka prefecture. From there, you can take the Shinkansen trains to Kyoto, Shiga and Hyogo. Local trains are then available to Nara and Wakayama prefectures.
Enjoy lunch and a boat-ride while you appreciate the scenic view of the Geibikei Gorge on both sides. It’s a beauty to be seen all year round as the scenery changes with every season.
Take a journey down the river on traditional log rafts which have been a part of the Japanese civilization for over 600 years