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Complete Kansai Tour: Osaka, Nara & Kobe

6 Days | 5 Nights

From $ 2,100

Japan
Kyoto - Nara - Kobe - Osaka

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Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, our Asia Senses representatives will be waiting to provide assistance with transport (via shared shuttle) to your hotel in Kyoto. It takes about 2 hours to reach Kyoto. Upon arrival, check in your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Note: You could also fly into Tokyo (Narita or Haneda Airports) and take the Shinkansen straight to Kyoto and do this itinerary.

Overnight in Kyoto.
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel and make the trip to Uji - tea capital of Japan and the ancient capital of Nara.

Our first stop is Uji, an elegant town located 21 km in the southern region of Kyoto prefecture. It was famous for tea production in the Edo period. Upon arrival in Uji, visit Byodo-in Temple, which is one of the most impressive Jodo sect temples in Japan. It was built by Fujiwara no Yorimichi, a politician, around 1,000 years ago and is now recognized as a World Heritage Site. The temple is known for being the face of the Japanese ten yen coin.

We then walk to Ujigami Shrine which is only about a 10 minute walk away from Byodoin Hoo-do. This temple was built in the latter half of the Heian period around the year 1060.

After that, take a visit to Taiho-an, an ochaya (tea house) located near the temple. Here, you can witness a Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy the authentic taste of Uji’s matcha (green tea). During high season, there might be long queues of tourist in the tea house.

After lunch, take the train to Ikaruga in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan from 710 to 784. Many of the temples and shrines built at that time still remain. Visit Todaiji Temple, a complex of buildings that includes the world's largest wooden structure, the 48m high Daibutsu-den. This building is home to Japan’s largest Buddha, the 15m gilt bronze Daibutsu (Great Buddha). Our next destination is Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine.

There will also be some free time to wander through Nara Park which is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Here, you can feed the deer and take some photos with them.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kyoto.

Overnight in Kyoto.
Today, we will explore more of the wonders of Kyoto then take an afternoon train to the coast city of Kobe. During the tour, we sometime walk between sites, so comfortable shoes and light clothes are recommended.

Begin our tour with a visit to Nijo Castle, Kyoto's largest and best preserved castle. This ornamental castle, surrounded by stunning gardens, was built by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) as his Kyoto residence. It shows the power that the Shoguns wielded over the emperors throughout the Edo Period.

After that, visit Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. It was originally built in 1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga (1358-1409). After his death, his son converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school named Rokuonji, in accordance with Ashikaga's wishes.

Our next stop will be at Heian Shrine, one of the most important and visually impressive Shinto shrines in Kyoto and home to one of Japan’s largest Torii gates. Inside, there is a decent garden that you must pay to enter behind the main hall. In April, it is one of the best cherry blossom spots in Kyoto.

We also visit Kiyomizu Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the atmospheric Higashiyama district and Sanjusangendo Buddhist temple which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

In the late afternoon, take an hour train to the harbor city of Kobe. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade during the Meiji period (1968 – 1912) alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata. Because of this, foreign culture has flourished in Kobe, making the city the home to one of the first foreign settlements in Japan. Upon arrival in Kobe, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

In the evening, you can visit to Kobe Chinatown (Nankin-machi), the center of the Chinese community in Kansai region and one of the only three Chinatowns in Japan. Here, you can enjoy a wide array of Chinese dishes, sweets…

Overnight in Kobe.
MEALS
Breakfast
This morning, your guide will come to meet you at the hotel and go on a full day of sightseeing in Himeji and around Kobe.

First, we will come to Himeji, one of the most frequented cities in Hyogo Prefecture. Himeji is 62 km (via train - 40 minutes) far from Kobe. Our first destination in Himeji is Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance. It is widely considered as Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds.

Next will be Koko Garden which is located next to the Himeji Castle. It was opened in 1992 as a commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Himeji municipality. The garden consists of nine separate, walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo Period.

After that, travel back to Kobe and visit Ikuta Shrine, an ancient shrine with over 1,800 years of its history. Local people occasionally visit this shrine to pray and celebrate their life events like coming of age day and weddings. Just a short walk from the shrine is Kitano-cho, an area of Meiji Period Western-style residences which are now fashionable museums and stylish restaurant.

Then take the train to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Japan which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. Here, we will visit the Maiko Marine Promenade, a set of observatory hallways beneath the bridge’s platform.

Overnight at hotel in Kobe.
MEALS
Breakfast
This morning, we leave Kobe and head to the colorful city of Osaka via train, a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. Osaka is also famous for its hearty street food, and the term "kuidaore" ("eat until you drop") is used to describe the food culture here.

To start our tour, we take a visit to the impressive Osaka Castle, one of the most visited places in Osaka for its history, architectural design, and cherry blossom trees all abloom in spring. The castle stands in an expansive lawn covered park and consists of a complex network of moats, turrets, and walls surrounding a massive central tower.

After visiting the castle, we take a stroll through the beautiful castle park and board on the Aqua Liner water bus along the Okawa River, with views of Nakanoshima Park, an urban oasis in the middle of the city and the red-bricked Mint Museum.

Tonight, dive deep into the flamboyant and colorful world of Osaka’s street food and nightlife scene. During the tour, your guide will take you through the main entertainment areas in town before diving into some narrow, hidden alleyways to discover all the local delicacies Osaka has to offer. Taste some of the staples of Osaka’s soul-food such as fresh Okonomiyaki, prepared on the spot, and Takoyaki, which have been featured in the Michelin guide.

Overnight at hotel in Osaka.
Today is free leisure at the hotel until the included transfer by train to Kansai International Airport to catch your onward flight.
MEALS
Breakfast

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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
8ºC
76mm

Nara
8ºC
64mm

Kobe
8.ºC
60mm

Osaka
8ºC
67mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
8ºC
82mm

Nara
9ºC
65mm

Kobe
8ºC
64mm

Osaka
9ºC
72mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
12ºC
118mm

Nara
12ºC
106mm

Kobe
12ºC
101mm

Osaka
12ºC
105mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
18ºC
146mm

Nara
19ºC
144mm

Kobe
18ºC
122mm

Osaka
18ºC
132mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
23ºC
159mm

Nara
23ºC
146mm

Kobe
22ºC
132mm

Osaka
23ºC
132mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
26ºC
240mm

Nara
26ºC
218mm

Kobe
25ºC
204mm

Osaka
26ºC
198mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
30ºC
243mm

Nara
30ºC
189mm

Kobe
29ºC
181mm

Osaka
30ºC
169mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
32ºC
181mm

Nara
32ºC
140mm

Kobe
31ºC
101mm

Osaka
32ºC
108mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
27ºC
209mm

Nara
28ºC
186mm

Kobe
27ºC
179mm

Osaka
27ºC
184mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
21ºC
123mm

Nara
22ºC
136mm

Kobe
21ºC
116mm

Osaka
22ºC
126mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
16ºC
86mm

Nara
16ºC
85mm

Kobe
16ºC
82mm

Osaka
16ºC
86mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Kyoto
11ºC
67mm

Nara
11ºC
58mm

Kobe
11ºC
58mm

Osaka
11ºC
65mm

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