The Kansai region claims some of the most extensive, best preserved and most respected natural areas within Japan. The Japan Sea, Pacific Ocean, and the Seto Inland sea regions’ distinct environments, Kansai’s mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and forests are all different from those in any other part of the world, and discovering those differences are part of the experience of seeing Japan’s exquisite nature.
In as little as two hours from the major Kansai cities of Osaka and Kyoto, you can encounter these diverse landscapes. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Kansai offers the iconic cherry blossoms of spring, the lush greenery of Japan’s hot, humid summers, the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges of autumn’s leaves, and crisp, white snow landscapes. It offers majestic mountains, lush forests, beautiful beaches, impressive lakes and even desert sands complete with camels.
The Kansai region contains a six national parks, one UNESCO World Geopark, three Japan Geoparks and two UNESCO Eco Parks, the largest lake and sand dunes in Japan. They are natural attractions that represent Japan, or the world, such as whirlpools and waterfalls. These natural landscapes have seasonal charm. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes at your leisure, or enjoy nature with a wide selection of unique active experiences in various places.