17 days in Kansai & Tottori Itinerary

17 days in Kansai & Tottori Itinerary

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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Tottori
— 1 day
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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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.
On the 25th (Fri), gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then walk around Meriken Park, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower. On your second day here, wander the streets of Kitano Ijinkan-gai, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kobe day trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kobe is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kobe is 1 hour. In March, Kobe is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Tottori

— 1 day
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jinpu-kaku Hall, explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast, look for gifts at Wattaina, then don't miss a visit to Karoichi, and finally head outdoors with Hakuto Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tottori driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Tottori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 28th (Mon), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, stroll around Genbudo Park, steep yourself in history at Izushi Karo Yashiki, then make a trip to Izushi Castle Town, and finally make a trip to Shinkoro.

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Traveling by car from Tottori to Toyooka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Toyooka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Baths

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nara road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Osaka

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.