The 4 Interesting Countryside in Kansai Area | Japan Guide

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The Kansai region (関西地方 Kansai-chihō) or the Kinki region (近畿地方 Kinki-chihō) lies in the southern-central region of Japan’s main island Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, and Shiga. Depending on who makes the distinction, Fukui, Tokushima and even Tottori Prefecture are also included. While the use of the terms “Kansai” and “Kinki” have changed over history, in most modern contexts the use of the two terms is interchangeable. The urban region of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto (Keihanshin region) is the second most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area.

Kansai area has many beautiful countryside. Information about the most interesting rural areas in Kansai such as Takada Castle Ruins, Shigaraki and Amanohashidate.

There are many interesting and amazing places in the countryside of Kansai area (Osaka and its near prefectures) as well as urban cities such as Osaka and Kyoto. Here, we lets you know the most popular countryside activities.

No.4 MIYAMA – KYOTO

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Miyama is in Kyoto and around 60km away from the central of Kyoto. The village is surrounded with untouched forests.

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The one of the features of this village is old style houses with a thatched roof which is well harmonized with natural landscape.

Access:
JR Osaka St →→ JR Omihachian St   (Travel time: around 1h)

Hotel: Booking here!!

No.3 SHIGARAKI – SHIGA

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Shigaraki is located in Shiga prefecture and famous as ceramics called “Shigaraki-yaki” and raccoon dog ceramics.

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There are many ceramic factories and at some of them you can experience to make your own dish or cup by yourself.Your only one Shigaraki-yaki work must be one of your best memories.

Access:
JR Osaka St →→ JR Kusatsu St →→ JR Kibukawa St →→ Shigaraki St  (Travel time: around 2h)

Hotel: Booking here!! 

No.2 TAKEDA CASTLE RUINS HYOGO

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Takeda castle ruins are getting more popular and called as Machu Picchu in Japan since it is located on a hill (757m above the sea level) and usually surrounded by clouds in the morning. Takeda Castle ruins were also chosen for the 100 best Japanese castles.

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Takeda castle was started to constructed in 1431 and had completed in 1443.

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Today, only the stone walls exist. However, there are many visitors to see the amazing ruins.

Access:
JR Osaka St →→ JR Himeji St →→ JR Takeda St →<“Tenku” Bus>→ Takeda Castle Ruins  (Travel time: around 2h~3h)

Hotel: Booking here!! 

No.1 AMANOHASHIDATE KYOTO

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Amanohashidate is located in the north of Kyoto.

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Its amazing landscape was chosen as the three most beautiful scenery in Japan.

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One of the way to see Amanohashidate is that you turn their back to Amanohashidate, and bend down and look from between their legs.

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The upside down view seems like a bridge across the sky. The best view point is “Amanohashidate View Land”.

Access:
JR Osaka St →→ JR Fukuchiyama St →→ Amanohashidate St  (Travel time: around 2h 20min)

Hotel: Booking here!!
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