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The Kansai region includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Mie, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, and Shiga. The Kansai region is often compared (yet more often contrasted) with the Kanto region, which lies to the east and is comprised primarily of Tokyo and the surrounding area.
Whereas the Kanto region is symbolic of standardization throughout Japan (from the government to economics to the language), the Kansai region displays many more idiosyncracies through the culture in Kyoto, the merchantilism of Osaka, the history of Nara, the internationality of Kobe, and the distinct dialect (Kansai-ben) heard through the seven prefectures.
The region's has three airports:
- Kansai International Airport, near Osaka, which handles little domestic traffic and all of the international traffic
- Osaka International Airport, in Itami and Toyonaka, handles most of the domestic traffic
- Kobe Airport, near Kobe, an airport under construction, which will handle domestic traffic
Universities in the Kansai Area
See also: Geography of Japan, List of regions in Japan