14 days in Kansai Itinerary

14 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hikone
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more).

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Koka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Koka

— 4 nights
Get some historical perspective at Kameyama Castle Ruin and Nobono Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Matsuura Takeshiro Memorial Museum and Ureshino Furusato Hall, Ureshino Archaeological Museum. Explore Koka's surroundings by going to Yokkaichi (Yogo Museum of Local Cllection & Chokaido Art Museum), Tsu (Yume Utsutsu, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, &more) and Suzuka (Shonojuku Museum, Suzuka Municipal Museum of Archaeology, &more).

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Koka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Koka by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Koka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Hikone.

Things to do in Koka

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikone

— 3 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hikone Castle and Hikone Castle Umaya. Step off the beaten path and head to Hikone Castle Museum and Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Cultural Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikone: Taruipia Center (in Tarui-cho), Tsuruga (Tsuruga Railway Museum, Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum, &more) and Wakasa Chopstick Museum (in Obama). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Kaikoku Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Rakuraku Garden, see the interesting displays at Goma no Sato, and get a new perspective on nature at Eco Museum Sekigahara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hikone online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Koka to Hikone takes an hour. In October in Hikone, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Hikone

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hikone to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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.