10 days in Kansai Itinerary

10 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip maker

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Nara
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Awaji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 3 nights

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Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You've added Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nara route builder site.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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've added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, Sagano, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kyoto Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take some stellar pictures from Sagano, and finally snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker tool.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in June, with lows around 22°C. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You've added Kobe Oji Zoo, Arima Onsen, Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): browse the different shops at Rokko Garden Terrace, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, get a taste of life in the country at Rokkosan Farm, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Kobe Animal Kingdom.

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Drive from Kyoto to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days in Kobe, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Shopping

Himeji

— 1 night
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 23rd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji, then explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Himeji Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kobe to Himeji by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums · Spas · Baths · Childrens Museums

Awaji

— 1 night
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Awajihanasajiki, Awaji Yumebutai and Awaji Highway Oasis. On the 24th (Sun), look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Higashiura Terminal Park, get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take in panoramic vistas at Awaji Yumebutai, and finally make a trip to Honpukuji Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Awaji attractions planning app.

You can drive from Himeji to Awaji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Awaji, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Koyasan Okunoin and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Osaka to go to Koya-cho and see Koyasan Reihokan Museum, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Awaji to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.