11 days in Kansai Itinerary

11 days in Kansai Itinerary

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Bus to Kranji Stn, Bus to Singapore Changi, Fly to Nara
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Wakayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Fly to Singapore Changi, Bus to Khatib, Bus to Johor Bahru

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Nara

— 1 day

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and finally explore the activities along Saho River.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Nara is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Johor Bahru to Nara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johor Bahru in April, plan for much colder days in Nara, with highs around 22°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Wakayama

— 1 night
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II. On a tour of Wakayama, you'll have the chance to take day trips to the prefecture's numerous natural and historic sights, as the town has good connections and also provides easy access to Osaka and Nara.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden, step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, don't miss a visit to Nakasuji Family Former Residence, then steep yourself in history at Site of Miyama Batttery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomogashima Island.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wakayama trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Wakayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then stop by Shimada Shoten, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, then make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Wakayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Kobe

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Ishoan, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, then admire the landmark architecture of Kobe Yusen Building, and finally hike along Shin-Kobe Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Kobe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

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.