21 days in Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

21 days in Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kyoto Prefecture trip planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Maizuru
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyotango
— 8 nights
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport

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Kyoto

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja for their historical value. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, wander the streets of Pontocho District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planning app.

Rome, Italy to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Kyoto is 8 hours. Traveling from Rome in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kyoto, with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Maizuru.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums
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Maizuru

— 3 nights
Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Popular historic sites such as Togo Historic Residence and Kannonji Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura and Ankokuji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maizuru: Onsen Resorts (in Ayabe) and Fukuchiyama (Fukuchiyama City Flood Control Memorial, Choanji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Kitasuisan Bridge, make a trip to Taneji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Maizuru Natural Cultural Park, and stroll around Gorogadake Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Maizuru trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Maizuru by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Maizuru hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyotango.

Things to do in Maizuru

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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Kyotango

— 8 nights
Popular historic sites such as Ine no Funaya and Motoise Konojinja Shrine are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nariaiji Temple and Yogen-in Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyotango: Miyazu (Manai Shrine, Kasamatsu Park, &more), Ine-cho (Mukai Shuzo & Kosaki Observatory) and Onitakeinari Shrine (in Fukuchiyama).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyotango trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Maizuru to Kyotango in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyotango

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 23:

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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