17 days in Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

17 days in Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip itinerary planner

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Uji
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyazu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Suita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sengukan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to SCMAGLEV and Railway Park and The Museum Meijimura. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Aramatsurinomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online attractions planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Kyoto is 17 hours. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Uji

— 1 night
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jizozenin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Byodoin, take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Byodoin Omote-sando, and finally explore the world behind art at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uji itinerary planner.

Uji is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In March, daytime highs in Uji are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Shopping

Side Trips

Miyazu

— 3 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Let the collections at Fukuchiyama City Flood Control Memorial and Wakasa History Museum capture your imagination. Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Cultural Center and Saba Kaido Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukuchiyama (Kannonji Temple, Onitakeinari Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miyazu Catholic Church, look for gifts at Surumeya, and stroll around Kasamatsu Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyazu travel route planner.

You can drive from Uji to Miyazu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Uji, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Miyazu, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Suita.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Suita

— 2 nights
A smaller metropolis near Osaka, Suita remains best known for hosting the World's Fair in 1970.
On the 6th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Imashirozuka Ancient History Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Expocity, examine the collection at Expo'70 Pavilion, then stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Itami City Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to The Former Nishio Family House, see the interesting displays at Panasonic Museum, stroll around The Tower of the Sun, then get engrossed in the history at Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Suita trip builder app.

Drive from Miyazu to Suita in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Suita sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Suita

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Hontenfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kawasaki Good Times World and Toshodai-ji Temple. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Nigatsu-do Temple, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Suita. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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