8 days in Kansai Itinerary

8 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip planner

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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:

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.