13 days in Kansai Itinerary

13 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, Mt. Koya, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, learn and have fun at Ninja-Do, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: KidZania Koshien (in Nishinomiya), Nakayama-dera Temple Sammon (in Takarazuka) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, don't miss a visit to Hakutakarokusuien, admire the striking features of Former Foreign Settlement 15bankan, and wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip maker website.

Drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and stop by Arashiyama.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Shopping

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.