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Travel Guide | Kansai, Japan

Last year in April, I visited Kansai region for the second time. The first time I visited the Japan was almost 10 years ago with a guided tour. This time, I'm back on my own (with a friend), traveling through Kyoto, Otsu, Nara, Kobe, and Osaka for 10 days. I arrived at the end of the cherry blossom season and right before Japan's big holiday, Golden Week. Yes, it was intentional, I wanted to avoid the crowd of tourist coming to see the cherry blossom in the area and also avoid the crowd of locals traveling on their holiday.

About Kansai Region



Kansai Region is located to the southwest of Tokyo. It consist of 7 prefecture (equivalent of a district). The 4 biggest cities in the region are Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara. Kyoto was the old capital of Japan from 794 to 1868 until it was moved to Tokyo. Osaka is the second largest area second to Tokyo. Nara was Japan's first permanent capital, established in the year 710. Being the first permanent capital of Japan, many of Japan…

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