23 days in Osaka, Shikoku & Kyoto Itinerary

23 days in Osaka, Shikoku & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
2
Kamiyama-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Tokushima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kami
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Tosashimizu
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Naruto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
9
Osaka
— 1 day
Fly:  24 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

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hours
Osaka

Osaka
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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Osaka using our trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Osaka is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Osaka is 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in September, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 24°C. You will leave for Kamiyama-cho on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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3
nights
Kamiyama-cho

Kamiyama-cho ©
Get out of town with these interesting Kamiyama-cho side-trips: Tairyuji Ropeway (in Naka-cho), Tairyuji Temple (in Anan) and Mima (Mt. Tsurugi, Udatsu Street, &more).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kamiyama-cho holiday website.

Getting from Osaka to Kamiyama-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Osaka in September, expect nights in Kamiyama-cho to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Kamiyama-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Awa, Mima, Kanchogataki Falls, Tairyuji Ropeway, Tairyuji Temple
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Tairyuji Temple ©
Tairyuji Temple
Mt. Tsurugi ©
Mt. Tsurugi
Shōsan-ji Temple ©
Shōsan-ji Temple

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nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Explore Tokushima's surroundings by going to Konsen-ji Temple (in Itano-cho), Minami-cho (Yakuoji Temple, Minami Awa Sun Line, &more) and J Power & Yonden Wonderland (in Anan). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokushima trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kamiyama-cho to Tokushima takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kami.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minami-cho, Konsen-ji Temple, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, J Power & Yonden Wonderland
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Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Awa Odori Hall ©
Awa Odori Hall
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

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night
Kami

Kami ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get great views at Ryugado Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Oare Falls, and then get great views at Befukyo Canyon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kami trip site.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Kami takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tosashimizu.

Things to do in Kami

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Ryugado Cave ©
Ryugado Cave

3
nights
Tosashimizu

Tosashimizu ©
Tosashimizu is a city located in the southwest of Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 11th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Tatsukushi Coast, then get great views at Cape Ashizuri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongofukuji Temple, and finally make a trip to John Manjiro Memorial Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Takase Submersible Bridge, snap pictures at Kachima Chinka Bridge, then snap pictures at Iwama Chinka Bridge, then snap pictures at Submersible Bridge of Sada, and finally don't miss a visit to Minokoshikaigan.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tosashimizu attractions planner.

Drive from Kami to Tosashimizu in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Tosashimizu

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Shimanto
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Kongofukuji Temple ©
Kongofukuji Temple
Cape Ashizuri ©
Cape Ashizuri
Submersible Bridge of Sada ©
Submersible Bridge of Sada

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Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Hesokko Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Manniquin Pis, appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, then explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, then take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, and finally admire the sheer force of Biwa Waterfall.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyoshi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tosashimizu to Miyoshi takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Baths
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Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

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nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naruto: Minamiawaji (Onokorojima Shrine, Awaji Farm Park England Hill, &more) and Izanagi Shrine (in Awaji). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, explore the activities along Naruto Whirlpools, walk around Naruto Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Senjojiki Observation Deck.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Naruto tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Miyoshi in September, Naruto is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minamiawaji, Izanagi Shrine, Naruto Whirlpools
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Naruto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Naruto in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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