14 days in Kansai Itinerary

14 days in Kansai Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Osaka

— 4 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.
You've added Kuromon Market, Sunset Owl Cafe, Shitennoji, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kemasakuranomiya Park and Nakanoshima Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku.

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

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Osaka is colder than Singapore - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 6th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 nights
You've added Togetsukyo Bridge, Heian Shrine, Tenryuji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. See even more of Kyoto: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Kobe

— 2 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've added Arima Onsen, Higashi Yuenchi Park, Yuzuruha Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to UCC Coffee Museum and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), walk around Arima River Kasen Shinsui Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Spas · Baths · Parks · Museums

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.