Kinai (畿内 Capital Region) is a Japanese term denoting an ancient division of the country. Kinai is a name for the ancient provinces around the capital Nara and Heian-kyō. The five provinces were called go-kinai after 1760.
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.
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