31 days in Kansai & Ise Itinerary

31 days in Kansai & Ise Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
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Asago
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Shirahama-cho
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto Railway Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Nishi Honganji are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, steep yourself in history at Daikaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Fukui to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 25:

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Kanabiki Waterfall, explore the activities along Amanohashidate, then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya, and finally stroll through Sodeshi Terraces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Tateiwa, take an in-depth tour of Kyotango Municipal Museum of The Ancient City of Tango, explore the activities along Isoshimizu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano-Hashidate-Jinja Shrine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Miyazu Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyazu trip builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Miyazu by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Miyazu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Toyooka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijoji Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Takeno Coast, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shisho Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Hacchohama Kobama Beach, then kick back and relax at Hamazume Beach, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Toyooka online trip maker.

Getting from Miyazu to Toyooka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May in Toyooka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Asago.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Asago

— 2 nights
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². On the 29th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Tamba Municipal Kashiwabara History and Folklore Shiryokan, get engrossed in the history at Tamba Municipal Miwakare Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Tamba Shiritsu Kasuga Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan, and finally see the interesting displays at Tamba City Nuno Denshokan. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Takeda Castle Ruins, contemplate the long history of Ikuno Ginzan, then see the interesting displays at Ikuno Shoin Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Sato Residence Annex.

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You can drive from Toyooka to Asago in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Asago are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Asago

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, then steep yourself in history at Osake Jinja Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Ako City Folk Shiryokan, and finally contemplate the long history of Zuio-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip planning website.

You can drive from Asago to Himeji in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Kobe

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at UCC Coffee Museum and Suma-dera. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nishinomiya Shrine and Yodoko Guesthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Nishinomiya (Shukugawa Catholic Church & Koshien History Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), get engrossed in the history at Sawa no Tsuru Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Kazamidori no Yakata.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kobe online attractions planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Kobe in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Kobe are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hase-dera Temple and Kids Plaza Osaka. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nara National Museum and National Museum of Ethnology. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Walking tours, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more) and Isonokami Jingu (in Tenri). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Dotonbori Museum Namikiza, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

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Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 10:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Koyasan Kondomae, contemplate the long history of Rokkaku Kyozo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shojoshin-in Temple. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fugen-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Shirahama-cho

— 2 nights
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): head off the coast to Engetsuto, then see the interesting displays at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, and then examine the collection at Shirahama Minzoku Onsen Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Sandanbeki Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Senjojiki, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Murosan Monjudo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirahama-cho trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Shirahama-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinomiya, then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takanomiya.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise trip planner.

You can drive from Shirahama-cho to Ise in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

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.