33 days in Kansai & Nihonmatsu Itinerary

33 days in Kansai & Nihonmatsu Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyotango
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yabu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shirahama-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sakurai
— 3 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Sendai Airport, Drive to Nihonmatsu
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Nihonmatsu
— 7 nights
Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Port of Spain

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Mt. Inariyama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Kizugawa Ferry Facilities, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Kyoto is an approximately 29.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. In June, Kyoto is slightly colder than Port of Spain - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyotango.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kyotango

— 3 nights
Get outdoors at Kanabiki Waterfall and Hamazume Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyotango: Miyazu (Surumeya & Chion-ji Temple Tahoto) and Toyooka (Hattan Falls, Kirihama Beach, &more).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyotango trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kyotango in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kyotango, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yabu.

Things to do in Kyotango

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yabu

— 2 nights
Yabu is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.As of April 2017, the city has an estimate population of 24,489 people, with 9,572 households, and a population density of 58 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tarumino Ozakura, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, then hit the slopes at Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, then get outside with Toniomine Plateau, and finally take a peaceful walk through Yodel Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Haga Castle Historical Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Hara Fudo Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hyono, then admire the verdant scenery at Hachikita Park, and finally get outside with Terrace Rice Field.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yabu road trip planning app.

Getting from Kyotango to Yabu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Yabu, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Yabu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Himeji

— 3 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.
Visiting Mt Shosha hiking and Matsue Swimming Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kobe (Kobe Harborland, Suma Beach, &more), Kozataki Falls (in Ashiya) and Akashi (Amore Beach & Okura Beach). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yabu to Himeji in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho

— 2 nights
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
On the 27th (Sat), stroll through Sandanbeki Cave, kick back and relax at Shirarahama Beach, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Adventure World, then stop by Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Senrihama. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Marucho, get great views at Sandambeki Rock Cliff, take some stellar pictures from Senjojiki, stroll through Ezura Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rinkaiura Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kozenji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shirahama-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Shirahama-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Shirahama-cho, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island, explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Kujirahama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kuwanoki Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Kosazuke Ginkgo Tree in Kosenji Tmple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ichimai-iwa, explore the activities along Taki no Hai, then contemplate the waterfront views at Koza River, then explore the striking landscape at Umikongo, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning app.

Drive from Shirahama-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Koya and Mitarai Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Mizumadera Temple (in Kaizuka), Tenkawa-mura (Ryusenji Temple, Toro Cave, &more) and Izumisano (Gyoja no Taki & Mt. Inunaki).

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Koya-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sakurai.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakurai

— 3 nights
Sakurai is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 58,386, and 24,629 households. Escape the urban bustle at Katsuragi Highlands and Yamanobe Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Sakurai: Nijozan (in Katsuragi), Heguri-cho (Mt. Shigi & Kanenonaru Tembodai Observatory) and Kiishosoji Temple (in Gose). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Miwa, stroll through Yoshino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hibara Shrine, and take in the dramatic natural features at Soni Highland.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sakurai day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Sakurai takes 2 hours. July in Sakurai sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Nihonmatsu.

Things to do in Sakurai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nihonmatsu

— 7 nights
Ebisu Circuit has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Azuma Mountain Range and Abukumado Limestone Cave. Explore Nihonmatsu's surroundings by going to Onomachi Furusato Bunka No Kan (in Ono-machi), Irimizu Limestone Cave (in Tamura) and Koriyama (Zendo-ji Temple, Pep Kids Koriyama, &more).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nihonmatsu day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Sakurai to Nihonmatsu with the Route module. Traveling from Sakurai in July, things will get a bit cooler in Nihonmatsu: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nihonmatsu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.