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Natural Regions, Kinki

central Honshu, Osaka Bay, Sea of Japan, Inland Sea, Chubu

The Kinki region lies west of Chubu in west central Honshu. Kinki spans Honshu from the Sea of Japan to the Inland Sea, and occupies the Kii Peninsula, a large thumb of land with heavily indented coasts jutting south into the Pacific Ocean. Coastal plains edge Kinkiís mountainous interior. The largest of these is the Osaka Plain, which faces Osaka Bay on the Inland Sea and contains Osaka, the regionís largest city. Japanís second-most populous region, Kinki holds the Hanshin Industrial Zone, noted for heavy industry and chemical manufacturing. The region is also historically and culturally important as the location of the former capital cities of Nara and Kyoto. The prefectures of Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Mie, Wakayama, and Nara make up the Kinki region.

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central Honshu, Osaka Bay, Sea of Japan, Inland Sea, Chubu, Wakayama, Hyogo, Shiga, Mie, Pacific Ocean, Kyoto, heavy industry, chemical manufacturing, location


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