15 days in Kansai Itinerary

15 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Tanabe
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Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly

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Tanabe

— 1 night
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): head off the coast to Engetsuto, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Senjojiki. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, then hike along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tanabe day trip tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Tanabe is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tanabe is 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tanabe when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 17th (Mon), make a trip to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kushimoto Marine Park Aquarium, explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Oshimboku Nagi.

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You can drive from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Henjosonin Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho holiday app.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
On the 20th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Motoise Konojinja Shrine, explore the activities along Amanohashidate, then stroll around Kasamatsu Park, then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya, and finally snap pictures at Daitenkyo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Amanohashidate View Land, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-ji Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Kotobikihama, then delve into the distant past at Onaru Burial Mounds, then explore the striking landscape at Byobuiwa, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hakurei Shuzo Brewery.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miyazu trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Miyazu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Koya-cho in August: highs in Miyazu hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Kinosaki Koiuta Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then meet the residents at Kinosaki Marine World, then kick back and relax at Hiyoriyama Seacoast, and finally stroll around Genbudo Park. On the next day, make a trip to Joko-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Up Kannabe, then make a trip to Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, and finally kick back and relax at Kasumi Seacoast.

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Traveling by car from Miyazu to Toyooka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 1 night
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Izanagi Shrine, get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis, tour the pleasant surroundings at Awaji Yumebutai, then admire the natural beauty at Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, then walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Awajishima Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Awaji trip site.

You can drive from Toyooka to Awaji in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Awaji can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itatehyozu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Okikuido, then get advice or help at Himeji Convention Bureau, and finally pause for some photo ops at Yonaki Jizo.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Himeji route planner.

You can drive from Awaji to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toji and Shimogamo Jinja. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planning app.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Kansai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.