5 days in Osaka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture & Mie Prefecture Itinerary

5 days in Osaka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture & Mie Prefecture Itinerary

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5 days in Osaka Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture & Mie Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Osaka
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Osaka
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Yuasa-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Osaka

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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 25th (Wed): shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then take a stroll through Midosuji Street.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yuasa-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street

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Yuasa-cho

Yuasa-cho ©
The Soy Sause Museum Yuasa Japan has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yuasa-cho trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Osaka to Yuasa-cho in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in December since evenings lows in Yuasa-cho dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Yuasa-cho

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Horin-ji Temple
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The Soy Sause Museum Yuasa Japan ©
The Soy Sause Museum Yuasa Japan
Horin-ji Temple ©
Horin-ji Temple

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner .

Getting from Yuasa-cho to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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Ise

Ise ©
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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izawanomiya, then browse the fresh offerings at Toba Marche, then steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ise trip planning site .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. While traveling from Nachikatsura-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Izawanomiya, Toba Marche
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Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya

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