15 days in Aomori, Osaka & Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Aomori, Osaka & Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

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Aomori
— 5 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Drive
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 1 night
Drive
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Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

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Aomori

— 5 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tachineputa No Yakata and Aomori Museum of Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Sannai-Maruyama Site and Aomori Suwa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Hirosaki (Iwakiyama Shrine & Old Osanai Family Residence). There's still lots to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Utou Jinja, explore the world behind art at Aomori Contemporary Art Center, and contemplate the long history of Gappo Inari Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori online day trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Aomori is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. September in Aomori sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. Appreciate the collections at Mint Museum and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Tofuku-ji Temple, Kamogawa River, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, admire the masterpieces at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka planner.

Traveling by flight from Aomori to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aomori in September; daily highs in Osaka reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 1 night
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Big Ferris Wheel, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, take some stellar pictures from Awajihanasajiki, then delve into the distant past at Gossa Kaito Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Izanagi Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Awaji tour builder app.

You can drive from Osaka to Awaji in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Awaji, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Awaji

Historic Sites · Parks

Toyooka

— 1 night
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 24th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hiyoriyama Seacoast, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Awaji to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Awaji in September: highs in Toyooka hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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