34 days in Kansai Itinerary

34 days in Kansai Itinerary

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34 days in Kansai Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Toyooka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Miyazu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Shirahama-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
9
Himeji
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

8
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Sanzen-in Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Oharai-machi in Ise, approximately 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Kyoto, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ise, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takeda Castle Ruins and Thermal Spas. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Ritsuun Gorge (in Asago), Daijoji Temple (in Kami-cho) and Tottori (Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, Tottori Sand Dunes, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, don't miss a visit to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, and examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Toyooka holiday planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Toyooka by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tottori, Asago, Daijoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ine no Funaya and Amanohashidate View Land. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miyazu: Kosaki Observatory (in Ine-cho), Onitakeinari Shrine (in Fukuchiyama) and Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd (in Maizuru). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Amanohashidate, take in the waterfront at Aso No Funaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miyazu Catholic Church, and walk around Kasamatsu Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyazu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Miyazu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Miyazu, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ine-cho, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, Onitakeinari Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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 8th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Miyazu to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunset Owl Cafe and Waterfall of Mino. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Minoo Park in Mino--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, learn and have fun at Ninja-Do, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip site .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mino, Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall of Mino ©
Waterfall of Mino
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Minoo Park ©
Minoo Park

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, then don't miss a visit to Daishino Koshikakeishi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoshin-in Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokkaku Kyozo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Kondomae, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo

3
nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirarahama Beach and Engetsuto. Venture out of the city with trips to Susami-cho (Susami Kaichu Yubin Post & Lover's Cape). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandambeki Rock Cliff, observe the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World, Head underground at Sandanbeki Cave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Sansho Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shirahama-cho online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Shirahama-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November in Shirahama-cho, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Susami-cho
Highlights from your plan
Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Senjojiki
Senjojiki
Sandambeki Rock Cliff
Sandambeki Rock Cliff

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, admire the natural beauty at Rokko Alpine Garden, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kobe online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Shirahama-cho to Kobe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Mukogawa Valley
Highlights from your plan
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Tsuda Matsubara. Venture out of the city with trips to Fuji Park (in Wake-cho) and Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan) (in Okayama). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiromine Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker tool .

Himeji is very close to Kobe. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, Fuji Park, Tsuda Matsubara
Highlights from your plan
Tsuda Matsubara ©
Tsuda Matsubara
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en