15 days in Kyoto, Kobe & Nara Itinerary

15 days in Kyoto, Kobe & Nara Itinerary

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15 days in Kyoto, Kobe & Nara Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  2​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pontocho and Ninna-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (in Shimamoto-cho), Onsen Resorts (in Ayabe) and Nantan (The Little Indigo Museum & Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, wander the streets of Fushimi Suigo, shop like a local with Fuuka-Kimono, and make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Nantan, Hikone Castle, Onsen Resorts, Hitomi Winery, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Pontocho ©
Pontocho
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura ©
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura

5
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takeda Castle Ruins and Kiminocho Kamifureai Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Shoshazan Engyoji) and Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya). There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, get behind the scenes at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, and let the kids burn off some steam at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kobe sightseeing site .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In March in Kobe, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Himeji, Wakayama, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, Kiminocho Kamifureai Park, Takeda Castle Ruins
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Yoshino and Kinpusenji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Yoshimizu Shrine (in Yoshino-cho) and Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, and go for a walk through Nigatsu-do Urasando.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara vacation builder app .

You can drive from Kobe to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Hase-dera Temple
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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