Kansai

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Regions of Japan: Main Kansai region in dark pink. Main Kinki region in light pink

The Kansai region (関西地方, Kansai-chihō) is roughly in the middle of Japan's main island, Honshu. It mainly refers to the prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo or to the Keihanshin region (京阪神; Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe), in contrast to the Kanto region of Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.

The Kinki region is almost the same as Kansai, but it more commonly refers to mainly Nara, Wakayama, Mie, and Shiga.

Other regions of Japan: Hokkaido | Tohoku | Kanto | Chubu (Hokuriku, Koshin'etsu, Tokai) | Kansai | Chugoku (San'yo and San'in) | Shikoku | Kyushu | Okinawa