34 days in Kansai Itinerary

34 days in Kansai Itinerary

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34 days in Kansai Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Sakai
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Koya-cho
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Toyooka
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Himeji
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Sakai

Sakai ©
Known as a prominent medieval seaport, and for its keyhole burial mounds and Samurai swords, the bayside city of Sakai boasts plenty of attractions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Site of Miyama Batttery and Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sakai: Katano (Hoshi no Buranko Bridge & Hoshida Enchi, Osaka Prefecture Parks) and Mount Miwa (in Sakurai). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tajihayahime Shrine, don't miss a visit to Previous Sakai Light House, see the interesting displays at Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko, and contemplate the long history of Hamaderaekimae Station.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sakai visit planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sakai is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sakai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, Sakai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Sakai

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Katano, Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, Site of Miyama Batttery, Mount Miwa
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Tajihayahime Shrine ©
Tajihayahime Shrine
Hoshida Enchi, Osaka Prefecture Parks ©
Mount Miwa
Mount Miwa

6
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Sakai to Koya-cho in 2 hours. In October in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

5
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takeda Castle Ruins and The Sand Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Kosaki Observatory (in Ine-cho), Miyazu (Amanohashidate, Kanabiki Waterfall, & more) and Maizuru (Kitasuisan Bridge & Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, make a trip to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun, see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Toyooka trip maker tool .

Drive from Koya-cho to Toyooka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toyooka, with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Miyazu, Tottori, Maizuru, Asago, Kosaki Observatory
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:
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The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

4
nights
Awaji, Awaji-shima

Awaji ©
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otsuka Museum of Art and Uzu no Michi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Awaji: Tokushima (Onsen Resorts & Awaodori Kaikan), Sumoto Hachiman Shrine (in Sumoto) and Minamiawaji (Yuzuruha Shrine, Yagi no Shidareume, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Izanagi Shrine, examine the collection at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsuho Shrine, and get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Awaji trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Toyooka to Awaji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Awaji

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Minamiawaji, Tokushima, Naruto, Sumoto Hachiman Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Awaji Oiso Artyama ©
Awaji Oiso Artyama
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine

5
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Bitchu Matsuyama Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Fuji Park (in Wake-cho), Inujima (in Okayama) and Tsuda Matsubara (in Sanuki). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, and take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Himeji trip planning website .

You can drive from Awaji to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tsuda Matsubara, Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, Fuji Park
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanzen-in Temple and Jojakkoji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Oharai-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 25:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku