60 days in Kansai Itinerary

60 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai route planner

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Himeji
— 6 nights
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 7 nights
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Toyooka
— 8 nights
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Miyazu
— 8 nights
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Koya-cho
— 7 nights
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Shingu
— 4 nights
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Tanabe
— 8 nights
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Kyoto
— 10 nights
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Himeji

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shoshazan Engyoji and Mt. Takamikura. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Jodoji Temple (in Ono), Shiso (Haga Castle Historical Park & Kunimi no Mori Park) and Shimmaiko Beach (in Tatsuno). The adventure continues: take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ikaruga Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Himeji is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Himeji. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 7 nights
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Izanagi Shrine and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Minamiawaji (Ama Kaigan Beach, Nushima, &more) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). The adventure continues: stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, get great views at Awajihanasajiki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iseguruma Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Awaji Oiso Artyama.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Awaji trip app.

Getting from Himeji to Awaji by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. September in Awaji sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 8 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takeda Castle Ruins and Arayu. Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Kyotango (Kyotango Municipal Museum of The Ancient City of Tango & Hamazume Beach), Kami-cho (Daijoji Temple, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, &more) and Yakuno Gembugan Park (in Fukuchiyama). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kinosaki Marine World, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Toyooka road trip website.

You can drive from Awaji to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Awaji in October, things will get a bit cooler in Toyooka: highs are around 68°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Miyazu

— 8 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amanohashidate and Amanohashidate View Land. Venture out of the city with trips to Tanba Sasayama (Unitopia Sasayama & Tamba Toji Brewery Museum), Ine-cho (Kosaki Observatory, Ine no Funaya, &more) and Fukuchiyama (Choanji Temple, Onitakeinari Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kasamatsu Park, get a taste of life in the country at Ayabe Fureai Farm, deepen your knowledge of military history at Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, and take in panoramic vistas at Goro Sky Tower.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Miyazu road trip website.

You can drive from Toyooka to Miyazu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Miyazu are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 7 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koya-cho: Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura), Tenkawa-mura (Toro Cave & Omine Okugakemichi) and Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple & Mt. Yoshino).

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho road trip planner.

Getting from Miyazu to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Shingu.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shingu

— 4 nights
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kamikura Shrine and Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Get out of town with these interesting Shingu side-trips: Ichimai-iwa (in Kozagawa-cho), Nachikatsura-cho (Seigantoji Temple, Nachi Mitaki Falls, &more) and Totsukawamura Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan (in Totsukawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, steep yourself in history at Soo-ji Temple, examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Equestrian Statue.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shingu road trip planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Shingu in 2.5 hours. October in Shingu sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Shingu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tanabe

— 8 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Explore hidden gems such as Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and Hashigui Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tanabe: Shirahama-cho (Sandambeki Rock Cliff, Senjojiki, &more), Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple (in Kainan) and Kushimoto-cho (Kushimoto Marine Park Undersea Tower & Kushimoto Marine Park Aquarium). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumano Kodo Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, take in the natural beauty of Kawayu Onsen, and head off the coast to Engetsuto.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tanabe tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Shingu to Tanabe by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 10 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Uji (Asahiyaki & Byodoin), Osaka (Owl Family Osaka, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Tanabe in November, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.