Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Hiroshima - 8 Days

8 Days In and Around Kansai Region
There is no shortage of fun activities around Osaka but another great thing about staying here is its close proximity to other famous places such as Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. All these prefectures are located in the southern central region of Japan’s main island called Kansai and are just an hour or two train ride away. If you are in the region, a day-trip to these cities are a must and offers a unique view both into Japan’s illustrious past and technologically-advanced future.

Osaka is one of the largest metropolitan city in Japan, second only to Tokyo. It’s a popular tourist destination due to its strategic location, which allows you to make multiple day trips to interesting cities, like Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. If you need help planning your itinerary to these cities, then I’ve got the perfect blog post for you! Read on.

How many days do I need to set aside in Osaka?
I recommend at least 5 days to see the must-see of the Kansai region, namely Osaka and Kyoto. The best is if you can stay at least 8 days, which will allow you to visit all the best highlights of Kansai: Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and Hiroshima.

When is the best time to visit Osaka region?
Much like the rest of Japan, you can aim to visit during Sakura season or in the Autumn foliage season. Click on the respective blog posts for predicted times as they change every year. Keep in mind these seasons would be peak tourism time, so it will be very crowded.

Aside of that, spring time around early May is probably the best time to visit. Try to avoid the hurricane or typhoon season in August – September.

How do I get to Osaka from outside of Japan?
Your best bet is flying to Kansai Airport (KIX), which is very close to Osaka. KIX is a major international airport and it’s accessible from many destination via a direct flight. If you cannot find a direct flight, you can still try accessing KIX via a short overlay in Tokyo.
Tips for traveling in Kansai
If you are only visiting Kyoto and Nara, I recommend making Osaka your base instead of staying overnight in those cities. Accommodation options are better (cheaper) in Osaka, there are more to do at night, and the train back is only 15-30 minutes.
But if you really want to stay in Kyoto, you can do so for one night. Choose to stay at a Ryokan for that authentic Japanese experience. I don’t recommend staying overnight in Nara since it’s a quiet area.

Day 1
Day-1 Arrival at Kansai International airport

The most convenient airport for this itinerary is Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX). It takes about 90 minutes by direct express train to reach Kyoto. Of course, you could also fly into Tokyo (Narita or Haneda airports) and take the shinkansen straight to Kyoto and do this itinerary.

Transfer to Kyoto by Car , Hotel check-in

Day 2
Day-2 Kyoto Sightseeing : Eastern Kyoto Full Day

A full day exploration of Kyoto’s eastern hills, this walking itinerary includes many of the city’s most popular temples and shrines including Kiyomizudera, Ginkakuji, Yasaka Shrine, Heian Shrine and Nanzenji. The route also leads through the narrow streets of the Higashiyama District and along the Philosopher’s Path.

Day 3
Day-3 : western sightseeing district of Arashiyama

Two days is enough to get a good taste of what Kyoto has to offer (and to whet your appetite for more). This itinerary covers the same sights as our one-day itinerary (above) and then adds the western sightseeing district of Arashiyama, with its famous bamboo forest, and two other western Kyoto sights: Kinkaku-ji Temple and Daitoku-ji Temple.

Day 4
Day- 4 Daytrip to Nara sightseeing

Nara is only 45 minutes by car from Kyoto, so it makes a great daytrip. On this day, you’ll see the Great Buddha and the rest of the sights in Nara-koen Park. For details on today’s itinerary,

Walk up Nobori-oji Street. You’ll start to encounter Nara’s famous sacred deer as you go.

Use the underground crossings to get to the northeast corner of the Nobori-oji/Route 169. Walk from there to Isui-en Garden. If you have time, pop into the free and excellent Yoshiki-en next door.

Walk from Isui-en along the backstreets to Todai-ji Temple. Before entering the Daibutsu-den Hall to see the Great Buddha (Daibutsu), walk a little south to check out the Nandai-mon Gate, with its two huge guardian figures.

Enter the Daibutsu-den. Take your time marveling at the Daibutsu and then exit the Daibutsu-den. Walk along the east wall of the Daibutsu-den and then go up the path that turns up to the right just past the small pond to reach Nigatsu-do Hall.

Day 5
Day- 5: Travel to Osaka, Explore Osaka

Osaka is only 12 minutes from Kyoto by shinkansen or 40 minutes by private Car , So, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city on this day,

Start Traveling to the Osaka Bay Area: Start by heading out to the Osaka Bay Area, Try to arrive around 10am, when the aquarium opens.10am: Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan): Osaka Aquarium is the main attraction in the Tempozan complex in the Osaka Bay Area. It might be crowded (even on a weekday morning) but it’s worth it because this place is awesome! Spend a good hour or two exploring the aquarium.

11:30: Lunch at Tempozan Marketplace: Next to the aquarium, you’ll find Tempozan Marketplace, which has the best selection of restaurants in the Osaka Bay Area. Try to get there before the lunchtime rush, which usually starts around noon. Most of the restaurants in Tempozan Marketplace have English menus and child seats. Alternatively, if you’re not too hungry, you can eat in the next stop: Kita.

1pm: Travel from Osaka Bay Area to the Kita District: From Tempozan,

Osaka Full Day sightseeing

Day 6
Day-6 : Hiroshima sightseeing

My Hiroshima and Miyajima itineraries are carefully designed so that you can see the most important sights efficiently and comfortably, whether you go as a daytrip from Osaka/Kyoto, or stay overnight in Hiroshima or Miyajima.

Day 7
Day-7 Miyajima sightseeing

It’s easy to explore Hiroshima by public transport or Private Car. And it’s very easy to travel between Hiroshima and Miyajima. It’s very easy to travel from Hiroshima to Miyajima. The easiest and most convenient way is the direct ferry between the Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima. The other main way is to take a train or tram from Hiroshima Station to Miyajima-guchi and then a ferry from there to the island.Once you arrive on the island of Miyajima, you can walk everywhere. The only exception might be if you want to get up Mt. Mise

Day 8
Day-Osaka Kansai Airport

Breakfast at Hotel

Free at Leisure Until Departure

Transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport by Private Car

Return home from Kansai Airport

See you Again

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transfer from Airport to Hotel
  • Transfer from Hotel to Airport
  • Insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Accommodations With(Breakfast) during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Information About Your Tour And Itinerary

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Osaka, Kyoto,Nara, Hiroshima,some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
  • Parking And Highway Charges

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Price From USD 1,300 USD $ 1,200/person
Hotel Transfer: Transfer From Haneda Airport to Hotel in Tokyo
USD $ 70 /traveler
Airport Transfer: Transfer from Hotel to Haneda Airport
USD $ 70 /traveler
Train Pass: Pasmo , Suica Card
USD $ 100 /traveler
Hotel Transfer: From Kansai Airport to Hotel in Osaka
USD $ 90 /traveler
Transfer to Narita: Transfer from Hotel in Tokyo to Narita Airport
USD $ 150 /traveler
Japanese Food Learning: Japanese food class learn how to (cook, a dish, or a meal) for 2 Hours
USD $ 91 /traveler
Car with Driver: Car with Driver Full Day ( 8 Hours ) Tokyo Sightseeing
USD $ 250 /traveler
Arabic Guide: Arabic Guide One day (8Hours)
USD $ 140 /traveler
English Guide: English Guide Tour for one Day (8Hours)
USD $ 130 /unit
Kimono Rent: Kimono rent Service for 2 Hours
USD $ 60 /unit
Mt.fuji Car with Driver: From Tokyo to Mt.fuji (9 Hours) Car With Driver Sightseeing Full Day
USD $ 300 /traveler
Universal Studios Japan Transfer: car transfer from Shin-Osaka st To Universal Studios Japan
USD $ 90 /traveler
Universal Studios Japan: car Transfer from Universal Studios Japan to Shin-Osaka St
USD $ 90 /traveler
Geisha Experiences: Geisha Experiences
USD $ 138 /traveler
Nikko Water Fall: From Tokyo Hotel to Gunma Nikko Water fall One Day Tour (9 Hours) Car with Driver
USD $ 350 /traveler
Transfer From Tokyo Disneyland: Transfer From Tokyo Disneyland To Hotel in Tokyo By car
USD $ 70 /traveler
Transfer To Tokyo Disneyland: Transfer From Hotel in Tokyo To Tokyo Disneyland By car
USD $ 70 /traveler
Transfer To Tokyo Station: Transfer From Hotel to Tokyo Station By Car
USD $ 60 /traveler
Mt.fuji Car with Driver: From Tokyo to Mt.fuji (9 Hours) Car With Driver Sightseeing Full Day
USD $ 300 /traveler
Total $ 1,200 USD

Trip Facts

  • Transfer
  • Moderate
  • 1~12