23 days in Osaka, Shikoku & Kyoto Itinerary

23 days in Osaka, Shikoku & Kyoto Itinerary

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23 days in Osaka, Shikoku & Kyoto Itinerary

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

few
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.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Osaka is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Osaka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in September, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 24°C. You'll set off 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 ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kamiyama-cho: Tairyuji Temple (in Anan), Mima (Mt. Tsurugi, Udatsu Street, & more) and Tairyuji Ropeway (in Naka-cho).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kamiyama-cho journey planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kamiyama-cho in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in September: highs in Kamiyama-cho hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Kamiyama-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokushima: Minami-cho (Yakuoji Temple, Minami Awa Sun Line, & more) and J Power & Yonden Wonderland (in Anan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, take a leisurely stroll along Shinmachi Boardwalk, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokushima Prefecture Gokoku Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokushima trip planner.

You can drive from Kamiyama-cho to Tokushima in an hour. September in Tokushima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kami.

Things to do in Tokushima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Minami-cho, Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, J Power & Yonden Wonderland, Konsen-ji Temple
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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): take some stellar pictures from Ryugado Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Oare Falls, and then get great views at Befukyo Canyon.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kami online route planner .

Drive from Tokushima to Kami in 2.5 hours. In September in Kami, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Tatsukushi Coast, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ashizuri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongofukuji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to John Manjiro Memorial Monument. On your second day here, snap pictures at Takase Submersible Bridge, take in the views from Kachima Chinka Bridge, don't miss a visit to Iwama Chinka Bridge, then take in the views from Submersible Bridge of Sada, and finally don't miss a visit to Minokoshikaigan.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tosashimizu trip itinerary maker app .

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

Outdoors Nature 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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nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll around Hesokko Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manniquin Pis, appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, then explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, then snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Biwa Waterfall.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Miyoshi journey planner .

You can drive from Tosashimizu to Miyoshi in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Miyoshi can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naruto side-trips: 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, stroll around Naruto Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple, and make a trip to Uzu no Michi.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Naruto itinerary website .

Getting from Miyoshi to Naruto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Miyoshi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Naruto, 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 Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Minamiawaji, Izanagi Shrine, Naruto Whirlpools
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Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

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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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Getting from Naruto to Kyoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Naruto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. 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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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day
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 22nd (Sun), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka tour builder website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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