8 days in Osaka Prefecture, Fukuchiyama & Shiga Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Osaka Prefecture, Fukuchiyama & Shiga Prefecture Itinerary

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Osaka

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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.
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To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Fukuchiyama

— 1 night
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Fukuchiyama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannonji Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fukuchiyama City Zoo, walk around Oeyama Onigawara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoiwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Onitakeinari Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuchiyama online vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Fukuchiyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Osaka in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Fukuchiyama, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hikone.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Hikone

— 4 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Step out of Hikone with an excursion to Gokashokondo Street in Higashiomi--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum, appreciate the history behind Ii Naomasa Statue, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Genkyuen Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hikone trip maker.

Take a train from Fukuchiyama to Hikone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hikone can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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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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Shiga Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island. It encircles Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The capital is Ōtsu.

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