59 days in Kansai Itinerary

59 days in Kansai Itinerary

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Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 7 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 6 nights
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Shirahama-cho
— 3 nights
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Sakai
— 7 nights
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Himeji
— 6 nights
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Toyooka
— 5 nights
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Miyazu
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 17 nights
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Koya-cho

— 7 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Kamihan Toyota Kinenkan (in Kashihara), Totsukawa-mura (Tamakiyama, Tamaki Shrine, &more) and Tenkawa-mura (Tenkawa Daibenzai Tensha, Mitarai Valley, &more).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip tool.

Paris, France to Koya-cho is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in August: highs in Koya-cho hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 12:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 6 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nachikatsura-cho: Kushimoto-cho (Cape Shionomisaki, Momijiya Honpo, &more), Mount Odaigahara (in Kamikitayama-mura) and Shingu (Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Ruins of Shingu Castle, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, make a trip to Kinomatsushima Island, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho attractions website.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:

Shirahama-cho

— 3 nights
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shirahama-cho: Tanabe (Oyunohara, Hosshinmon Oji, &more) and Kao Eco Lab Museum (in Wakayama). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Adventure World, head off the coast to Engetsuto, head outdoors with Shirarahama Beach, and make a trip to Kumano Kodo Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Shirahama-cho journey planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Shirahama-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Sakai.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Sakai

— 7 nights

Kansai's Lost City

Known as a prominent medieval seaport, and for its keyhole burial mounds and Samurai swords, the bayside city of Sakai boasts plenty of attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Sakai side-trips: Mt. Kongo (in Chihayaakasaka-mura), Taimadera Nakanobo (in Katsuragi) and Kiishosoji Temple (in Gose). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Site of Miyama Batttery, look for gifts at Studio Yamato Zakura, don't miss a visit to Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb, and see the interesting displays at Kusuri no Yakata.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sakai driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Shirahama-cho to Sakai in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Sakai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 28:

Himeji

— 6 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kozataki Falls (in Ashiya), Kobe (Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple, &more) and Akashi (Amore Beach, Matsue Swimming Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis, see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, and go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Himeji online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sakai to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sakai in August: highs in Himeji hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 3:

Toyooka

— 5 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toyooka: Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura, Tendaki Falls, &more), Kami-cho (Daijoji Temple & Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki) and Aotama Shrine (in Taka-cho). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Takeno Coast, indulge your taste buds at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, meet the residents at Kinosaki Marine World, and see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in September, Toyooka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 8:

Miyazu

— 6 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miyazu: Kyotango (Kyuso Swimming Beach, Hei Swimming Beach, &more), Fukuchiyama (Amanoiwato Shrine, Onitakeinari Shrine, &more) and Ine-cho (Ine no Funaya & Kosaki Observatory). And it doesn't end there: expand your understanding of the military at Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, wander the wide-open spaces of Ayabe Fureai Farm, stroll around Kasamatsu Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Goro Sky Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miyazu online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Miyazu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Miyazu, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 14:

Kyoto

— 17 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more), Amalago (in Amagasaki) and Nara (Nara Prefectural Office Bldg. Rooftop Plaza, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and stop by Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Miyazu to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazu in September, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — Oct 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.