Kinki

The  Kinki  region  is  considered  to  a cultural  heart  of  Japan,  as  much  of  the  early  history  that  remains  culturally  relevant  today  initiated  here,  in  places  like  Nara  and  Kyoto.

The  Kinki  region  is  also  known  as  “Kansai”.

It  includes  the  prefectures  of  Hyōgo, Osaka,  Kyoto,  Nara,  Shiga,  Wakayama, and  Mie.  Its  name  is  derived  from  the Japanese  terms  kin  (“proximity”)  and  ki (“imperial  capital”)  and refers  to  the  land near  the  former  imperial  capital  of  Kyōto.

The  region’s  major  physical features  include  the  Kii  Peninsula.  Kinki  region  constitutes  one  of  the  major demographic  and  economic  cores  of Japan  and  has  been  the  heartland  of  Japanese  culture  since  ancient  times.

The harmonious  blending  of  old  and  new  is conspicuously  manifested  in  the  region. The  myriad  of  old  temples  and  shrines  in Kyōto  stand  in  contrast  with  the  huge Ōsaka-­‐Kōbe  urban-­‐industrial  complex.

Tours in the Kinki Region

Heartland Japan offers the following tours inside the Kumano area. Please have a look!