Kansai is the western region of the main Japanese island of Honshu, second only to Kanto region of Eastern Japan in population. The area is also known as Kinki District, literally "near the capital", and its three big cities — Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe — as Keihanshin.
Popular destinations: Osaka, Kyoto and Wakayama
Kyoto prefecture is in the Kansai region of Japan. It contains both a coastal region to the north, and broad, more densely populated basins in the south.
Popular destinations: Kyoto, Uji and Amanohashidate