16 days in Kansai Itinerary

16 days in Kansai Itinerary

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16 days in Kansai Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Train:  1​h 30​min
1
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Train:  6​h 15​min
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Shirahama-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kushimoto-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Shingu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Osaka

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, then don't miss a visit to Hojoin Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sekisho-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho holiday builder .

Osaka to Koya-cho is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. In April, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): walk around Taiji Kujirahama Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinomatsushima Island, then don't miss a visit to Michi no Eki Taiji, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then explore the activities along Nachi Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho road trip website .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Koya-cho in April, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Taiji-cho
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island
Taiji Kujirahama Park ©
Taiji Kujirahama Park
Nachi Forest ©
Nachi Forest

2
nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kampukuzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kumano Sansho Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Murosan Monjudo. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sandanbeki Cave, enjoy breathtaking views from Shirahama Kaichu Observatory Deck, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shirahama-cho road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Nachikatsura-cho to Shirahama-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Shirahama-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tanabe.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Kumano Sansho Shrine ©
Kumano Sansho Shrine
Minakata Kumagusu Museum ©
Minakata Kumagusu Museum
Murosan Monjudo ©
Murosan Monjudo

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyunohara, then pause for some photo ops at Harioshi Point Gyu-Ba Douji Statue, then take in the pleasant sights at Tsugizakura-oji, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Minabe Plum Forest. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, walk around Shinjo Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Senninburo.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tanabe online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Shirahama-cho to Tanabe in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Minabe Plum Forest
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Senninburo ©
Senninburo
Shinjo Park ©
Shinjo Park
Tsugizakura-oji ©
Tsugizakura-oji

2
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.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byakugoji Temple, examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, steep yourself in history at Nishinokyo District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoki-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sai Shrine, then stroll through Yamanobe Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoryakuji Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara holiday planner.

You can drive from Tanabe to Nara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Yamanobe Street, Sai Shrine, Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruin, Hoki-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Ryosen-ji Temple ©
Ryosen-ji Temple
Shoryakuji Temple ©
Shoryakuji Temple
Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum ©
Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Gofuso Garden, then walk around Tombo Ike Park, and then stroll around Sennansatoumi Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kishiwada Danjiri Kaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsuo-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Osaka Prefecture Flower Garden, and finally get to know the resident critters at Shimin Fureai no Sato.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online attractions planner .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kushimoto-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kishiwada, Kawachinagano, Mizukoshitoge, Sennansatoumi Park, Matsuo-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Tombo Ike Park ©
Tombo Ike Park
Sennansatoumi Park ©
Sennansatoumi Park
Osaka Prefecture Flower Garden ©
Osaka Prefecture Flower Garden

3
nights
Kushimoto-cho

Kushimoto-cho ©
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Kushimoto Marine Park Undersea Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): walk around Esumi Seacoast Prefectural Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Taki no Hai, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mushikui-iwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shionomisaki Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kushimoto-cho travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kushimoto-cho in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kushimoto-cho when traveling from Osaka in April, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Shingu.

Things to do in Kushimoto-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kozagawa-cho, Esumi Seacoast Prefectural Park, Koza River
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Taki no Hai ©
Taki no Hai
Umikongo ©
Umikongo
Koza River ©
Koza River

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night
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Kuwanoki Falls and then see the interesting displays at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Shingu trip tool .

You can drive from Kushimoto-cho to Shingu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shingu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:
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Kuwanoki Falls ©
Kuwanoki Falls
Ruins of Shingu Castle ©
Ruins of Shingu Castle
Sato Haruo Memoria Museum ©
Sato Haruo Memoria Museum