15 days in Kansai Itinerary

15 days in Kansai Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wakayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and get into the urban bustle at M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Kyoto is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in September, with highs in Kyoto at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Nara

— 2 nights

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 7th (Mon), stop by Studio Yamato Zakura, then browse for treasures at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, browse the different shops at Nara Family, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara tour builder app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wakayama

— 2 nights
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II. On a tour of Wakayama, you'll have the chance to take day trips to the prefecture's numerous natural and historic sights, as the town has good connections and also provides easy access to Osaka and Nara.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Kuroshio Market, stop by Kanku Observation Hall Sky View, then revel in the low prices at Rinku Premium Outlets, then admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Wakayama Castle. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Awashima Shrine, head off the coast to Tomogashima Island, then get in on the family fun at Porto Europe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kimiidera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kishu Toshogu Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wakayama vacation planner.

Getting from Nara to Wakayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Wakayama, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Moriya Shop, don't miss a visit to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland umie, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe road trip website.

You can drive from Wakayama to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.