17 days in Kansai Itinerary

17 days in Kansai Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 8 nights

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Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Nifrel, then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, and then stroll around Minamitemma Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shigi.

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Kobe to Osaka is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 15th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, walk around Nara Park, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kurama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum.

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Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in March since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 19th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Mitsu, and then head off the coast to Ieshima Islands. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then admire the striking features of Hiromine Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Kobe

— 8 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at UCC Coffee Museum and Wakaura Tenmangu. Step off the beaten path and head to Arima Onsen and Kobe Harborland. Explore Kobe's surroundings by going to Amore Beach (in Akashi), Wakayama (Tomogashima Island, Awashima Shrine, &more) and Nakayama-dera (in Takarazuka). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe holiday planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.