Introduction of sightseeing spots in Kansai
including five world heritage sites and seven superb views

Historic Monuments of the Ancient Kyoto Area

A major feature of the city, Kyoto's Cultural Properties consist of 17 sites selected from a long list of choices that speak to the many layers of the ancient capital's history.

Hikone-jo Castleand Castle Town Area

Hikone-jo Castle is a delightful castle and a National Treasure. It features a daimyo lord's residence at its base and offers picturesque views all year round.

Obama and Wakasa Area

Since ancient times Wakasa has been known as the "land of food" as it supported the food cultures of ancient Nara and Kyoto with an abundance of fresh produce. It's also the point where sea routes from the continent join land routes to the capital.

Amanohashidate Area

Along with Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture) and Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture), Amanohashidate is known as one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan.

Toyooka Area

Toyooka is located in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture and is the main city in the area and the biggest city in terms of surface area in the prefecture.

Tottori Sand Dunesand San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark Area

The San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark offers an insight into the history and culture of the people that have lived alongside the Sea of Japan since its formation.

Rokko, Arimaand Kitano Areas

Kobe is a port town sandwiched between Mt. Rokko and the ocean. The city soon gives way to the slopes of the mountain, where you can find the historical Kitano district – home to Kobe's first foreign merchants and some classic examples of western period architecture.

Naruto and Tokushima Area

The Whirlpools of Naruto that form naturally in the Naruto Strait are said to be some of the fastest in Japan and also comprise one of the three largest tidal currents in the world.

Osaka-jo Castle Area

The Osaka-jo Castle area is located in the center of the city and offers visitors a fascinating insight into the history of Osaka.

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun,Ancient Tumulus Clusters and Takenouchi Highway Area

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters, are ancient burial mounds constructed between the late 4th century and the early 6th century and include the tombs of Emperor Nintoku and Emperor Ojin, as well as other ancient tombs of varying sizes, and are looking to be awarded World Heritage Site status.

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

The area surrounding Nara Park is a World Heritage Site registered as the Cultural Property of the ancient Japanese capital of Nara.

Kumano Area

Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, Kumano brims with an overwhelming natural power and is part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range.