9 days in Kansai & Kawaguchi Itinerary

9 days in Kansai & Kawaguchi Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Kobe
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Kawaguchi
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Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Osaka
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay

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Kobe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take in the exciting artwork at Tor Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip maker site.

Boracay, Philippines to Kobe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Boracay to Kobe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boracay in December, expect Kobe to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jojakkoji Temple and Sampeimochi. Get in touch with nature at Yase Momiji no Komichi and Mt. Kurama. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Kawaguchi

— 2 nights
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Jindai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Kiyose Sunflower Farm, and finally take a stroll through Kichijoji. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Chikurin Park, identify plant and animal life at Campbelltown Forest of Wild Birds, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tone Canal, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sugaonuma, and finally explore the world behind art at Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kawaguchi trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kyoto to Kawaguchi. In December in Kawaguchi, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, browse the different shops at Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe. On the next day, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then take in the pleasant sights at Midosuji Street, and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Kawaguchi to Osaka with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.

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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