The Kansai Ki-in is one of the professional go bodies in Japan, just like the Nihon Ki-in. About 130 active pros are affiliated to it.
(The Kansai is the region of Japan west of the old barrier at Hakone, as opposed to the Kanto region including Tokyo.)
The Nihon Kiin had a Kansai branch even before the Second World War. In 1947, it became a separate corporation, Kansai Kiin, still under the Nihon Ki-in. In particular, the Kansai Kiin could not issue diplomas on its own. When a dispute over the Honinbo title  arose between the Tokyo and Osaka branches, the latter declared itself independent in September 1950. Hashimoto Utaro, Honinbo titleholder at the time, played a crucial role in going independence. However, those who opposed the independence set up Nihon Kiin Kansai Branch anew and this divided state weakened the Kansai (the West) players as a whole.
:The Nihon Kiin announced that the Honinbo title term would be shortened from two years to one year without consulting the reigning Honinbo, Hashimoto.
After a long slump, 2010 marked a milestone for Kansai, as Sakai Hideyuki won the Gosei and Yuki Satoshi won the Tengen. This was the first time its professionals simultaneously held two big titles.
Publisher of Igo Shincho(1950-1979) and Igo Kansai? (1980-2019) magazines, both discontinued.
Big title winners
(including wins before the independence in 1950)
- Sekiyama Riichi: Honinbo 1941
- Hashimoto Utaro: Honinbo 1943,49,51; Oza 1953,55,56; Judan 1961
- Handa Dogen: Oza 1960,65; Judan 1963
- Hashimoto Shoji: Judan 1974; Oza 1959,81
- Sakai Hideyuki: Gosei 2010
- Yuki Satoshi: Tengen 2010; Judan 2013
- Murakawa Daisuke: Oza 2014; Judan 2019
- Kansai Ki In First Place Championship
- Kansai Igo Open? (together with Nihon-kiin kansai branch)
- Kansai Kiin Senshuken (obsolete, a predecessor of Tengen tournament)
- Sankei Pro-Ama Tournament (obsolete)
- Kansai Kiin Hayago Meijin (obsolete)
The address and Go salon schedule is on the page Japan Cool Places.
- Kansai Kiin's official website (Japanese)
- Google Map