60 days in Kinki Itinerary

60 days in Kinki Itinerary

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60 days in Kinki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Himeji
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Toyooka
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Miyazu
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Koya-cho
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Shingu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tanabe
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kyoto
— 10 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shoshazan Engyoji and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Jodoji Temple (in Ono), Shiso (Haga Castle Historical Park & Kunimi no Mori Park) and Shimmaiko Beach (in Tatsuno). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji online trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco, USA to Himeji is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. 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 Beaches

Side Trips

Takasago, Shiso, Nishiharima Observatory Park, Shimmaiko Beach, Jodoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

7
nights
Awaji, Awaji-shima

Awaji ©
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Izanagi Shrine and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Minamiawaji (Ama Kaigan Beach, Nushima, & more), Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Sumoto Hachiman Shrine (in Sumoto). And it doesn't end there: walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, stop by Awaji Service Area Down, get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, and take in nature's colorful creations at Awaji Yumebutai.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Awaji trip planner .

Drive from Himeji to Awaji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. September in Awaji sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Minamiawaji, Sumoto, Amore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Kinosaki Marine World. Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Yakuno Gembugan Park (in Fukuchiyama), Kyotango (Kyotango Municipal Museum of The Ancient City of Tango & Hamazume Beach) and Kami-cho (Daijoji Temple, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Izushi Castle Town, kick back and relax at Anami Beach, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Arayu.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Toyooka travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Awaji to Toyooka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Awaji in October; daily highs in Toyooka reach 68°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Asago, Kami-cho, Shinonsen-cho, Yabu, Kyotango
Highlights from your plan
Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

8
nights
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amanohashidate and Amano Hashidate Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miyazu: Fukuchiyama (Choanji Temple, Onitakeinari Shrine, & more), Tanba Sasayama (Unitopia Sasayama & Tamba Toji Brewery Museum) and Ine-cho (Kosaki Observatory, Ine no Funaya, & more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kasamatsu Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Isoshimizu, expand your understanding of the military at Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, and snap pictures at Kitasuisan Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyazu trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Miyazu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maizuru, Ine-cho, Fukuchiyama, Ayabe, Tanba Sasayama
Highlights from your plan
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park

7
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Mt. Koya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple & Mt. Yoshino), Tenkawa-mura (Toro Cave & Omine Okugakemichi) and Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura).

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shingu.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Tenkawa-mura, Uda, Tanizeno Tsuribashi, Genpinan
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

4
nights
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nachi Mitaki Falls and Kumano Nachi Taisha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shingu: Nachikatsura-cho (Seigantoji Temple, Hirou Shrine, & more), Totsukawamura Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan (in Totsukawa-mura) and Ichimai-iwa (in Kozagawa-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, steep yourself in history at Soo-ji Temple, and appreciate the history behind Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Equestrian Statue.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shingu trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Shingu in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Shingu can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Shingu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Taiji-cho, Totsukawamura Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Equestrian Statue, Ichimai-iwa
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

8
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and Kawayu Onsen. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple (in Kainan), Kushimoto-cho (Kushimoto Marine Park Undersea Tower, Hashigui Rock, & more) and Shirahama-cho (Sandambeki Rock Cliff, Engetsuto, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, steep yourself in history at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kumano Observation Deck.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tanabe tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Shingu to Tanabe in 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

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, Kushimoto-cho, 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, Senri Kannon, Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail

10
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka Castle, & more), Owl Family Osaka (in Kita) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Byodoin.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary tool .

Drive from Tanabe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tanabe in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Otsu, Uji, Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple