13 days in Kansai Itinerary

13 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Nagoya, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Uji
— 1 day
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazu
— 1 day
Drive
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Fukuchiyama
— 1 day
Drive
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Maizuru
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Train
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Sakai
— 2 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Drive to Hong Kong

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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've added Arashiyama, Kyoto Railway Museum, Toji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder website.

Busan, South Korea to Kyoto is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Uji

— 1 day
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
You've now added Uji Shrine to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uji Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimurotoji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Byodoin Omote-sando.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Uji driving holiday planning site.

Uji is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Kyoto

— 1 night
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Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Uji. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Miyazu

— 1 day
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-ji Temple, snap pictures at Kaisenkyo Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Amano Hashidate Beach, then find something for the whole family at Amanohashidate View Land, then stroll through Amanohashidate, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motoise Konojinja Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyazu tour builder app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Miyazu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Miyazu: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Fukuchiyama

— 1 day
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goryo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoiwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Moto Isenaigu Kotai Shrine, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fukuchiyama City Zoo, and finally stroll around Sandanike Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuchiyama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Fukuchiyama takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Fukuchiyama can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Maizuru.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Maizuru

Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Plan my trip to Maizuru with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Fukuchiyama to Maizuru takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Maizuru can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Maizuru

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kobe driving holiday website.

You can drive from Maizuru to Kobe in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kobe are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas · Historic Sites

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 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nara route planning site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kobe in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Nara, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Sakai.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Sakai

— 2 nights

Kansai's Lost City

Known as a prominent medieval seaport, and for its keyhole burial mounds and Samurai swords, the bayside city of Sakai boasts plenty of attractions.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at ATC, take in panoramic vistas at Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kishiwada Castle, then get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets, and finally don't miss a visit to Daisenryo Ancient Tomb.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sakai trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nara to Sakai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Sakai are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sakai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.