8 days in Kansai Itinerary

8 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai trip maker

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Visiting Hero Tour Japan and 株式会社 MATATABI will get you outdoors. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip app.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
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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 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then see the interesting displays at Himeji City Museum of Literature, and finally kick back and relax at Shimmaiko Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji online vacation builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample some tasty brews at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 30 — 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.