11 days in Kansai Itinerary

11 days in Kansai Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Surat

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Osaka

— 5 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.
Pinpoint Traveler has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Kyoto (Gion & Eikando Zenrinji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotombori District, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, shop like a local with Midosuji Street, and visit Minami (Namba).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip site.

Surat, India to Osaka is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Surat in December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Toyooka

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Kirihama Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, contemplate the waterfront views at Takeno Coast, then see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, and finally make a trip to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Toyooka trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho day trip site.

Drive from Toyooka to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer than Toyooka - with highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Tanabe

— 1 night
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kumano Sansho Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosshinmon Oji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyunohara, and finally steep yourself in history at Chikatsuyu-oji Ruin.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tanabe route tool.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Tanabe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Tanabe, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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.