Kansai - An Advanced Region Blessed by Nature
Kansai is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. Between the gently-sloping plateau in the north and the steep mountainous region in the south, there is a lowland area formed by the Kyoto and Nara basins and the Osaka plains. The largest fresh water lake in Japan, Lake Biwa, is located in this central lowland region. There is a lot of variety in the geographical features of Kansai, ranging from secluded mountains to open plains, and accordingly, the natural changes due to the four seasons are clearly distinguished, and the climate varies widely from the mild coastal climate along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea to the mountain weather in the inland areas. The inland areas, like Kyoto, shown a wide range in temperature, and the southern areas of the Kansai region, also known as the Nanki region, have a temperate climate year round, but there is a lot of snow along the coast of the Sea of Japan during the winter. With these natural features and climate, Kansai is blessed with rich natural resources and it has many landscapes representative of Japan, and the region offers a variety of leisure activities immersed in nature.
Also a base for international environmental conservation forums, in 1997, the COP3 Kyoto Conference (Third International Conference of the Convention Parties, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) was held in Kyoto, and the region plays an important role in the development of environmental conservation technology. In addition, several corporations in Kansai are engaged in the production of solar panels, such as KYOCERA Corp., Sharp Corp., and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., with a high market share worldwide. There are also many companies in Kansai working towards the realization of practical fuel cells.
Photographs supplied by: Tokushima Tourist Association and the Fukui Prefectural Tourism Federation