12 days in Kansai Itinerary

12 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maizuru
Drive
3
Kyotango
Drive
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Asago
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuchiyama
Drive
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Tamba
— 1 night
Drive
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Kasai
Drive
9
Akashi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Yodoryokuchi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Maizuru.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Maizuru

Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. On the 15th (Sun), snap pictures at Kitasuisan Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Maizuru trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Maizuru by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Maizuru are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyotango.

Kyotango

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kotobikihama and then make a trip to Otome Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyotango driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Maizuru to Kyotango in 1.5 hours. In December in Kyotango, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyotango

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Toyooka

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kinosaki Marine World, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally contemplate the long history of Izushi Castle Town.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Toyooka day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kyotango to Toyooka in an hour. December in Toyooka sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Asago.

Things to do in Toyooka

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Asago

— 1 night
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Ikuno Ginzan, then get outside with Ritsuun Gorge, and then contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Asago trip site.

You can drive from Toyooka to Asago in an hour. In December in Asago, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Asago

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Fukuchiyama trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Asago to Fukuchiyama takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Tamba.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Tamba

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Dokko Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aotama Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōgen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Byakkugoroji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashinji Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamba online route planner.

Drive from Fukuchiyama to Tamba in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Tamba are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kasai.

Things to do in Tamba

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kasai

Kasai is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kasai travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamba to Kasai in an hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tamba in December: highs in Kasai hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 6°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Akashi.

Things to do in Kasai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Akashi

— 1 night
Akashi is a city located in southern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, on the Seto Inland Sea west of Kobe.As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 294,312 and a population density of 6,000 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at Awaji Yumebutai, then make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis, then stroll through Awajihanasajiki, and finally make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Akashi trip planner.

Getting from Kasai to Akashi by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Akashi

Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Animal Kingdom.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Akashi to Kobe takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

Drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.