10 days in Kansai Itinerary

10 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai travel route planner

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Bus to Kranji Stn, Bus to Singapore Changi, Fly to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Fly to Singapore Changi, Bus to Khatib, Bus to Johor Bahru

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Kyoto

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Nara Park & Rokuen) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Owl Family Osaka). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and stroll through Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johor Bahru to Kyoto is 1 hour. Traveling from Johor Bahru in May, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 29th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Daishino Koshikakeishi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple.

Discover how to plan a Koya-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Himeji

— 3 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then take a peaceful walk through Yodel Forest, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Toniomine Plateau, admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, then go for a walk through Takeda Teramachi Street, and finally get outside with Ritsuun Gorge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker tool.

Drive from Koya-cho to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kansai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.