Thursday, June 29, 2017

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kansai Region

Prefectures of Japan | Photo from
The Kansai Region of Japan is comprised of seven prefectures (see purple area in map):
These prefectures, except for Osaka, has at least one site inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Pilgrimage routes between Mie and Wakayama (Kumano Sankeimichi):
    • Nakahechi
    • Kohechi
    • Ohechi
    • Iseji
  • Enryakuji
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  • Kumano Hongu Taisha
  • Kumano Hayatama Taisha
  • Kumano Nachi Taisha
  • Seigantoji
  • Nachi no Otaki
  • Nachi Primeval Forest
  • Fudarakusanji
  • Niutsuhime Jinja
  • Kongobuji
  • Jison-in
  • Niukanshofu Jinja
  • Pilgrimage route: Koya Sankeimichi (Koyasan Choishi Michi)
  • Pilgrimage route between Nara and Wakayama:
  • Pilgrimage routes between Mie and Wakayama (Kumano Sankeimichi):
    • Nakahechi
    • Kohechi
    • Ohechi
    • Iseji
The nerd in me wishes to see all these sites (including all the others sites in other regions in Japan). Except the pilgrimage routes which I don't think my knees will be able to endure.

Know Before You Go
Single Entry Tourist Visa for Japan
Roam Around Japan with a Swagger
An Ignoramus in Japan: Vending Machines
An Ignoramus in Japan: Bathrooms and Toilets
An Ignoramus in Japan: Manhole Covers
I Spy With My Little Eye: Japan's Fashion Contradictions
I Spy With My Little Eye: On the Go in Japan

From Tokyo to Hiroshima (2015)
10D/9N | Tokyo, Toyama, Kyoto, Hyogo, Osaka, Hiroshima
Tokyo Accommodation: Shinjuku Airbnb
Tokyo: Memorable Tokyo Eats
Tokyo: Odaiba
Tokyo: Doing Touristy Things in Tokyo
Toyama: A Hamlet Called Ainokura
Kyoto Accommodation: K's House Hostel Kyoto
Kyoto, Japanecdote: Wisdom from the Road: On exits #2
Kyoto: By the Thousands (Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove)
Kyoto, Japanecdote: Turning Japanese
Kyoto: Braving the Crowds at these UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera, Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji)
Hyogo, Japanecdote: If Only I Could Speak Nihongo
Hyogo: Day Trip to Himeji: Himeji Castle and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple
Hyogo, Japanecdote: Am I an Alien?
Hiroshima: Strolling and Snacking in Miyajima
Hiroshima: Remembering the Past in Hiroshima
Osaka, Japanecdote: How to Lose Friends
Osaka Accommodation: Osaka Airbnb
Osaka, Japanecdote: Where is Bentencho Station?
Osaka: Osaka Adlaw, Osaka Ako sa Osaka
Osaka, Japanecdote: Learn From Your Mistakes

Kansai Diaries (2016)
9D/9N | Nov 2016 | Wakayama, Nara, Kyoto, Osaka
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kansai Region (you're here!)
Osaka: Day 0: Arrival
Osaka Accommodations: Hotel Raizan, Hotel Mikado
Wakayama: Day 1: Going to, Sleeping in, and Eating in Koyasan
Wakayama: Day 1½: West Side of Koya Town
Wakayama: Koyasan Sidewalk Shorts
Wakayama: Days 1¾–2: Okunoin, Three Times
Nara: Sleep, Eat, and Explore Nara City
Nara: Day 3: Horyuji, Hokkiji, and Some Japanecdotes in Ikaruga Town
Nara: Day 3½: Yakushiji, Toshodaiji, and Heijo Palace Site in Nara City
Nara: Day 4: Early Morning at Nara Park
Kyoto Accommodations: Guesthouse Wind Villa, Shiori Yado

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