is a Japanese term denoting an ancient division of the country. ''Kinai'' is a name for the ancient provinces
around the capital Nara
[Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "''Kinai''" in .]
The five provinces were called ''go-kinai'' after 1760.
[Nussbaum, "''Gokishichidō''" in .]
The name is still used to describe part of the Kansai region
, but the area of the Kinai corresponds only generally to the land of the old provinces.
The region was established as one of the ''Gokishichidō
'' ("Five provinces and seven roads") during the Asuka period
(538-710). It consisted of Yamashiro
, and Izumi
* Comparison of past and present administrative divisions of Japan
* Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric
and Käthe Roth. (2005) ''Japan encyclopedia.''
Cambridge: Harvard University Press
. OCLC 58053128
Category:Regions of Japan