Kansai 14 Days Itinerary-B

Summary

  • Start
    Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto
  • Finish
    Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto
  • Mileage
    Total 1340km
    100km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Relaxing
  • Onsen Stay
    Max. 6nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr,May,Jun,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec

This itinerary takes 14 days to circle around Osaka, Kyoto and whole Kii Peninsula.

Due to short daily mileage and by staying consecutive nights in 4 cities, you can travel at a relaxing pace.

If you want to stay in Osaka city or Kyoto city after the road trip, you can return the car not to the airport but to shops in Osaka or Kyoto. Due to traffic jams and lack of parking, walking and the train are more convenient for sightseeing in Osaka.

 

Osaka/Kyoto – Wakayama(Sample)

Start: Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto (大阪 or 京都)
Finish: Wakayama (和歌山)
Mileage:
From Kyoto: 200km
From Osaka: 170km
From Kansai Arirpot: 140km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head to Wakayama from Osaka or Kyoto via Mt. Koyasan, famous throughout Japan as a sacred Buddhist site.

Recommended Itinerary(Sample)

1

Rental car branch at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto

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10:00

The mileage for the day varies greatly from 140 to 200 km, depending on whether the departure point is Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto.
Especially in the case of departures from Kyoto or Osaka, the mileage will be longer.
If your departure time is late, please adjust your schedule by taking the expressway or skipping some spots.

Rental car branches in Kansai Airport. You also can depart from Osaka or Kyoto




90 min

2

Niutsuhime Shrine

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Niutsuhime Shrine (Amano Taisha), in Ichinomiya Kii Province, was founded about 1,700 years ago.

11:30

There is not much to see on the way to Mt. Koya, so move quickly on the expressway (E26).

The first destination is [Niutsuhime Shrine] at the foot of Mt. Koya. This shrine is registered as a World Cultural Heritage site, and it has been a long-standing tradition to worship before going to Mt. Koya.




30 min

3

Mt. Koya Danjo Garan

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13:00

After that, you will follow the mountain road to today’s biggest highlight, Mt. Koya. At Mt. Koya, you will visit Daimon, Danjo Garan, Kongobuji Temple, and Okunoin in that order. Among them, Danjo Garan and Okunoin are especially recommended, so even if you don’t have time, please take a look at these two places.

Kongobuji Temple, the head temple of the Koyasan Shingon Sect

If you don’t have time first go to [Danjo Garan], the core of the whole area of Mt. Koya. Mt. Koya is very large, so please refer driving map to check MAPCODE for parking.

Nemoto Daito in the Danjo Garan of Koyasan




10 min

4

Mt. Koya Okunoin

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14:00

Next, on Mt. Koya, head to the Okunoin, where the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is located. It is the largest sanctuary with a mysterious atmosphere. You need to move your car to the eastern edge and use the nearby parking lot.

Koyasan’s inner sanctuary, where 200,000 tombs have lined a 2-km stretch for 1,100 years
Okuno-in, the center of faith at Koyasan where Kobo Daishi entered the temple.




75 min

5

Inn in Wakayama or Mt.Koyasan

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On this day you will stay in Wakayama city or Mt. Koyasan. The distance from Mt. Koya to Wakayama is 50km, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. See below for detailed differences between the two locations




Driving Map For This Day(Sample)

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Osaka/Kyoto-Wakayama – Google マイマップ
Osaka/Kyoto-Wakayama

Where to stay in Wakayama or Mt. Koya

On this day, you will stay in either Wakayama city or Mt.Koya. It is 50km and takes about 70min.

①Wakayama City

Wakayama city faces Wakayama Bay, and some hotels have ocean view rooms where you can enjoy the sunset. Most inns are concentrated westside of Wakayama station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There are several inns with hot springs. It is up to you to decide whether to stay at an inn with hot springs or not.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants near Wakayama Station that are open until late, so it’s okay to have an accommodation plan without meals. For inns far from Wakayama Station, we recommend an accommodation plan with meals.

② Mt. Koyasan
Koyasan, a sacred Buddhist site. There are lots of Shukubo-style inn(a form of lodging mainly in Buddhist temples) here. You can have unique experiences such as morning affairs, sutra copying, and an Okunoin night tour.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are Shukubo.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Only one inn “Fukuchiin” has Onsen facilities.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    You can enjoy healthy vegetarian meals prepared for monks for dinner and breakfast.
Shojinryori(vegetarian meals prepared for monks) provided in Syukubo

 

Wakayama – Shirahama🔒

Start: Wakayama (和歌山)
Finish: Shirahama (白浜)
Mileage:125km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day you will head to Shirahama from Wakayama city.

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1

Inn in Wakayama

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9:00

The mileage is short at about 125km, so you can enjoy driving at a relaxing pace.




100 min

2

Dojoji Temple

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Dojoji Temple, the setting of Anchin and Kiyohime, becomes even more gorgeous during cherry blossom season (late March to mid-April).

10:40

The first destination is [Dojoji Temple], the oldest surviving temple in Wakayama Prefecture, which was built in 701. Many national treasures and important cultural properties are preserved, and it is also the stage of the legend of Anchin & Kiyohime, famous for Noh and Kabuki.




60 min

3

Sandanbeki Rocks Cliff & Cave

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Sandanbeki, each about 50 meters high, stretch for 2 kilometers.

13:40

Next, please go to [Sandanbeki Rocks Cliff & Cave]. First of all, please enjoy the view from the top of the cliffs. You can enjoy the dynamic scenery of the waves hitting the rock surface in a spectacular area with cliffs. It is about 50m in height extending 2km from north to south.

Mysterious Sandanbeki caves spread out beneath the cliffs

[Sandanbeki Cave] is located just below these cliffs, and is said to have been a hiding place for the Kumano Pirate, which was proud of its power during the Heian period (710-1192). You can go down to the cave by elevator.




10 min

4

Tore Tore ichiba Market

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One of the largest seafood markets in western Japan Toretore Market

12:30

Next, you will travel to today’s final destination, Shirahama, to the Tore Tore Ichiba Market, one of the largest seafood markets in western Japan. You can eat fresh fish on the spot or buy souvenirs from Wakayama.

Tuna cutting shows are held every day around noon.




15 min

5

Shirahama Beach

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Shirarahama beach with dazzling white sand

15:20

Your last stop today is Shirahama Beach, known for its vast white sands and laid-back atmosphere. This beach is a sister beach to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. The summer bathing season is very crowded and may be better avoided.




10 min

6

Inn in Shirahama

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16:15

Shirahama Onsen, where you will stay tonight, is a hot spring with a long history and is one of the three ancient hot springs in Japan.
Make sure you arrive at the inn by 6 pm at the latest.




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
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Where to stay in Shirahama

On this day, you will stay in Shirahama (白浜) town which is the Onsen with a long history.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one. Some inns provide open-air Onsen with ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

 

Shirahama-Kumano🔒

Start: Shirahama (白浜)
Finish: Kumano (熊野)
Mileage:
To stay Shingu Area: 150km
To stay Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine: 185km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Shirahama to Kumano, where Kumanosanzan (three main Kumano Shrines) are located.

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1

Inn in Shirahama

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9:00

The mileage is relatively long, about 180km to 240km, and there are many attractions, so it is recommended that you leave the hotel by about 8 or 9 in the morning. Also, please use the Kisei Expressway (E42) to shorten your travel time.




70 min

2

Umi Kongo

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The sharply sheared rocks and rough waves make for a powerful sea Umikongou.

10:10

The first destination is [Umi Kongo]. There is not much to see on the way to Umi Kongo from Shirahama, so it is recommended to take the expressway(E42). It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

This area is famous for “Ise Ebi(伊勢海老)” spiny lobster and you can find a little-known local restaurant on a day-by-day Driving Map.

sashimi of “Ise Ebi(伊勢海老)” spiny lobster.




70 min

3

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine

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Kumano Nachi-taisha Shrine and Nachi Falls, one of the three World Heritage Sites in Kumano

12:00

Next is sightseeing in Kumanosanzan. “Kumano sanzan” means Three shrines in Kumano in Japanese.

First is [Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine]. After climbing the long stairs and passing through the torii gate, you will arrive at Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. You will be impressed by the mysterious and beautiful appearance. The photo of the three-storied pagoda with Nachi Falls in the background is famous.




10 min

4

Nachi Water Falls

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Nachi Waterfall with a 133-meter drop

14:10

You can walk from Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine to [Nachi Water Falls] while enjoying the atmosphere of Kumano Kodo, but it is recommended to drive to save time. Nachi Water Falls is one of the three major waterfalls in Japan with a head of 133m.

Near the fall, there are “Kumano Kodo Daimonzaka“. Kumano Kodo is a pilgrimage route that consists of six paths, totaling more than 400 km in length, and this is one of the places where one can feel the atmosphere the most.

Daimonzaka, where you can fully enjoy the atmosphere of Kumano Kodo




30 min

5

Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine

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Kumano Hayatama-taisha with beautiful vermilion shrine pavilions

16:00

The second shrine of Kumanosanzan is [Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine], which has a vermilion shrine that sits against the Kumano River. There is a distance here as well, so please move by car. It takes about 30 minutes (about 22km) to drive from Kumano Nachi Taisha to Kumano Hayatama Taisha.




45 min

6

Inn in Kumano

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17:00

On this day, you will be staying Shingu area near [Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine] or [Nachi] where you can enjoy hot springs and gourmet food.

If you head to [Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine], there are also some accommodations with hot springs.




The last Shrine of Kumanosanzan [Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine], which is the head temple of many “Kumano Shrines” nationwide, is located 35km away and takes about 45 minutes from Kumano Hayatama Taisha.
A stroll along the path behind the shrine will allow visitors to enjoy the atmosphere of the Kumano Kodo.

It takes at least two and a half hours to make a round trip from Kumano Hayatama Taisha to Kumano Hongu Taisha, so if you want to take a leisurely trip, we recommend that you skip this Hongu Taisha.

Kumano Hongu Taisha, the head shrine of Kumano Shrine in Japan
Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Kumano

On this day, you will stay in Kumano (熊野) area.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Paciffic coast area
There are many inns in Nachi(那智), and Shingu(新宮) towns along the pacific coast for those who wish to avoid long drives.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some inns provide Onsen and you can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a pacific ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Around Kumano Hongu Shrine
There are small Onsen villages around the Kumamo Hongu shrine. If you don’t mind driving additional 60km, it is also recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Kumano – Kumano🔒

Start: Kumano (熊野)
Finish: Kumano (熊野)
Mileage:50km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will stay in Kumano for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kumano

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10:00

The mileage is short, about 50km, so you can leave the inn around 10:00.




10 min

2

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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Kumano Hongu Taisha, the head shrine of Kumano Shrine in Japan

10:10

Your first destination of the day is [Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine], which is the head temple of many “Kumano Shrines” nationwide.
A stroll along the path behind the shrine will allow visitors to enjoy the atmosphere of the Kumano Kodo.

Next, you will walk to [Kumano Hongu Taisha Otorii]. This is the place where Kumano Hongu Taisha was located until the great flood that occurred in 1889. There is a legend that a god descended here, and in recent years, it has gained popularity as a sacred spot.

Kumano Hongu Taisha Otorii




30 min

3

Dorokyo Meguri Kawafune Cruise

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13:00

Dorokyo Meguri Kawafune Cruise

Next, you will head to the boarding place for [Dorokyo Meguri Kawafune Cruise]. You will cruise the beautiful Dorokyo Gorge of the Kumano River, a world-heritage-listed sacred river. There are two cruise courses, so be sure to choose “Dorokyo Meguri”. The cruise lasts approximately 40 minutes and departs every hour. Since it is a complete reservation system, please be sure to make a reservation before going. The phone number is 0735-44-0987. Please arrive at the boarding place 30 minutes before the reserved time and complete boarding procedures.




30 min

4

Inn in Kumano

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15:30

On this day, you will stay in Kumano for the second consecutive night. Please relax and enjoy your stay in a place known as a sacred place since ancient times.




If you are traveling between May and October, Maruyama Senmaida is recommended. You can see the terraced rice fields, whose beauty changes throughout the four seasons.

Maruyama Senmaida one of the biggest rice terraces in Japan Best season: Beg May-Mid Sep
Driving Map For This Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Kumano

On this day, you will stay in Kumano (熊野) area.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Paciffic coast area
There are many inns in Nachi(那智), and Shingu(新宮) towns along the pacific coast for those who wish to avoid long drives.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some inns provide onsen and you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a pacific ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Around Kumano Hongu Shrine
There are small onsen villages around the Kumamo Hongu shrine. If you don’t mind driving additional 60km, it is also recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Kumano – Ise/Shima🔒

Start: Kumano (熊野)
Finish: Ise(伊勢) or Shima(志摩)
Mileage:
To Ise: 180km
To Shima: 200km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head from Kumano to Ise / Shima. Ise and Shima are only about 25km apart, so it doesn’t matter which one you stay at.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kumano

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9:00

Since the mileage is long, about 180km to 200km, it is recommended to leave the hotel by 9 o’clock at the latest in the morning. To save travel time, use the expressway if navigation recommends it.




65 min

2

Onigajo

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World Heritage Site of Natural Art Onigajo

10:05

The first destination is the natural art [Onigajo]. A scenic spot on the coast that is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking along the coastal promenade is refreshing. If you go to the middle point of the promenade and return, it will take about 30 to 40 minutes.




90 min

You will drive for about an hour and a half (about 100km) to the biggest highlight of the day, [Ise Jingu Inner Shrine]. Use the expressway (E42) to reduce travel time.

3

Ise Jingu Inner Shrine

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Ise Jingu Inner Shrine attracts about 8 million worshippers a year.

12:40

Many worshipers (about 8 million people a year) from all over Japan visit Ise Jingu.

Okage Yokocho is a must-stop after visiting Ise Jingu Shrine

There are [Oharaimachi Dori street] and [Okage Yokocho alley] nearby, so please walk. Have a late lunch there or eat some traditional sweets at Akafuku Main Store to take a break.




20 min

4

Futami Okitama Shirine & Meiotoiwa(Couple Rock)

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Married Couple Rocks at Futami Okitama Shrine

14:40

The next place to visit is [Futami Okitama Shirine]. It is a shrine overlooking the sea and is famous for Meiotoiwa(Couple Rock). There are also various frog sculptures in the precincts.




40 min

5

Yokoyama Observatory

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Yokoyama Tenku Café Terrace overlooks Ago Bay.

16:20

If you have time, stop by [Yokoyama Observatory]. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Ago Bay from the wooden observation terrace at an altitude of 140 meters. There is also a cafe, so you can enjoy the spectacular view while tasting soft serve ice cream and coffee.




40 min

6

Inn in Ise or Shima

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17:40

For accommodation on this day, we recommend Ise City if you choose for convenience and around Ago Bay in Shima if you want to enjoy the spectacular scenery and hot springs created by the unique terrain. For reference, the distance between Ise city and Ago Bay is about 40 minutes (about 30km).




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Ise or Shima

On this day, you will stay in either Ise city or Shima area. It is 30km and takes about 45min.

①Ise city
It is convenient to visit “Ise Jingu Shrine”. Most inn are concentrated between Iseshi Station and Ise Jingu Outer Shrine.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 2-star western-style hotels to 4-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking. Some of them are free and some of them charge in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As there are many restaurants for dinner, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shima Area
There are many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star western hotels and Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most of the inns provide Onsen. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Most inns provide nice seafood dinner and are recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Ise/Shima – Ise/Shima🔒

Start: Ise(伊勢) or Shima(志摩)
Finish: Ise(伊勢) or Shima(志摩)
Mileage:80km
Travel Pace: Relaxed

Since you will stay in Ise or Shima for consecutive nights following yesterday on this day, you will go around Ise and Shima area.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Ise or Shima

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10:00

The mileage is short at about 80km so you can enjoy a leisurely tour of Ise-Shima.




30 min

If you haven’t done so yet, go to the sightseeing spots you planned for yesterday, such as Ise Jingu Shrine, Futami Okitama Shirine, and Yokoyama Observatory.

Ise Jingu Inner Shrine attracts about 8 million worshippers a year.
Okage Yokocho, a must stop after visiting Ise Jingu Shrine
Yokoyama Tenku Café Terrace overlooks Ago Bay.

2

Mikimoto Parl Museum

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Pearl theme park, Mikimoto Pearl Island

10:30

Please go to the Mikimoto Pearl Museum as the first destination. Mikimoto Pearl Museum is a theme park on an island where the founder Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in pearl farming for the first time in the world in 1893.




30 min

3

Toba Observatory

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Toba Observation Deck is a spectacular spot with a view of the Rias coast and the horizon.

12:30

Next, please go to [Toba Observatory]. Toba Observatory is a spectacular spot with a view of the Rias coast and the horizon. There is also a restaurant and a shop.




30 min

4

Kashikojima Espana Cruise

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Kashikojima España Cruise on a Spanish Sailing Boat

13:45

Next, you go to [Kashikojima Espana Cruise]. Explore the beautiful Ago Bay on the Spanish sailing boat “Esperanza” with an observation deck.




15 min

5

Inn in Ise or Shima

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15:30

Since you will stay in Ise or Shima for consecutive nights following yesterday on this day, please spend a relaxing time at the hotel.




Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Ise or Shima

On this day, you will stay in either Ise city or Shima area. It is 30km and takes about 45min.

①Ise city
It is convenient to visit “Ise Jingu Shrine”. Most inn are concentrated between Iseshi Station and Ise Jingu Outer Shrine.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 2-star western-style hotels to 4-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking. Some of them are free and some of them charge in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As there are many restaurants for dinner, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shima Area
There are many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star western hotels and Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most of the inns provide Onsen. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Most inns provide nice seafood dinner and are recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Ise/Shima – Nara🔒

Start: Ise(伊勢) or Shima (志摩)
Finish: Nara (奈良)
Mileage
From Ise: 160km
From Shima: 180km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head from Ise-Shima to Nara.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Ise or Shima

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9:00

The mileage is as long as 160km-180km, so it is recommended to leave the hotel around 8-9 am.




30 min

2

Mikimoto Parl Museum

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Pearl theme park, Mikimoto Pearl Island

9:30

First, if you haven’t done so yet, go to the Mikimoto Pearl Museum. Mikimoto Pearl Museum is a theme park on an island where the founder Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in pearl farming for the first time in the world in 1893.




120 min

3

Soni highland

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The ears of silver grass shine golden on the Soni Plateau

13:00

The next recommendation is [Soni highland]. There is not much to see on the way to Soni Highland, so please move quickly for about 2 hours.

This is a grassland covered with Japanese pampas grass, which has a wonderful view and is visited by many tourists every year.




45 min

4

Hasedera Temple

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Hasedera Temple in Nara is amazing spot for autumn leave(Beg Nov-End Nov)

14:50

Next, please stop by [Hasedera Temple] in Nara. It is a temple that has been regarded as a sacred place for Kannon worship since ancient times. You can enjoy various flowers throughout the year and it is nicknamed the “Flower Temple”.

Hase-ji Temple in Nara, famous for its hydrangeas (mid-June to mid-July)




50 min

5

Inn in Nara

Parking MAPCODE:

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16:45

Nara, where you stay on this day, is a well-known ancient city. Experience the ancient culture and enjoy the romance. You can go around the city slowly tomorrow.




Please give priority to Kaochidani during the fall foliage season and Mt. Yoshino during the cherry blossom season.
In [Kaochidani], the rock walls of columnar joints continue for about 8km along the river, and the surrounding area is colored with beautiful autumn leaves in the fall.

Kaochidani vallay must-go place in Novemeber

[Mt. Yoshino] is known as the best cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan, and in the spring, the entire mountain is beautifully colored with cherry blossoms. However, it is very crowded during peak periods, so you need to be careful about time allocation.

Yoshinoyama, the most famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan (early April-late April)

Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Nara

On this day, you will stay in Nara (奈良) city which is an old capital of Japan with a long history.
The inns are concentrated between Nara Station and Todaiji Temple. As many tourist attractions are located on the east side of the city, so it is convenient to stay there.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Nara – Nara🔒

Start: Nara (奈良)
Finish: Nara (奈良)
Mileage:20km
Travel Pace: Rerax

On this day, you will stay in Nara for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nara

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage on the day is short, about 20km. However, if you haven’t visited Todaiji Temple and Nara Park yet, it’s better to leave the hotel around 9 a.m.




10 min

2

Todaiji Temple & Nara Park

Parking MAPCODE:

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Nara Park, Nara’s largest tourist area

9:10

If you haven’t visited yet, your first destination on this day is [Todaiji Temple & Nara Park], which is the largest area for sightseeing in Nara. Free-range deer welcome you at [Nara Park]. Nara Park is a vast park with a total area of about 6.6 million square meters, which makes you feel like you are in the ancient city of Nara.

[Todaiji Temple] is a Buddhist temple built in the 8th century. The Great Buddha, which can be said to be the symbol of Nara, is about 18m high, including the pedestal, and has a masterpiece presence. The Great Buddha Hall is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.

The Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple (Nara) is still huge!

If time permits, please go to [Kasuga Taisha Shrine]. This is the head office of Kasuga Shrine, which has 3,000 shrines nationwide, and the main shrine with vermilion pillars is impressive.

Kasuga Taisha, a World Heritage Site with 1,300 years of history, in magnificent vermilion

In addition, there are Kofukuji Temple, Nara National Museum, Isuien, etc. in the vicinity, which are full of attractions.

Nara National Museum




15min

3

Nara Kingyo Museum

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Nara Kingyo(Golden fish) Museum

13:00

Next, you will head to the Nara Kingyo Museum. The Nara Kingyo (Goldfish) Museum is one of the largest goldfish entertainment aquariums in western Japan, with more than 2,000 goldfish of 38 types, from familiar to rare species, swimming elegantly and beautifully.




5min

4

Heijo Palace Remains

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Heijo Palace Remains

14:00

Next, you will head to the Heijo Palace Remains, which were the center of Heijo-kyo when the capital was transferred from Fujiwara-kyo in 710. In 1998, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”.

Heijo Palace Remains




15min

5

Yakushiji Temple

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15:30

Yakushiji Temple, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, was built in 680.

Next, you will head to [Yakushiji Temple]. Yakushiji Temple, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, was built in 680, but most of the temple buildings were destroyed by fire and war, and now only the East Pagoda is built in the Nara period. However, the reconstruction of the temple is progressing, and the two towers, old and new, and the main hall rise high, and you can still see the gorgeous Hakuho building style.




20min

6

Inn in Nara

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:00

On this day, you will stay in Nara for the second consecutive night. Please relax and enjoy your stay in Nara.




You can enjoy the nature of each season around Nara. For example, if you are traveling from late March to mid-April, we recommend visiting Mt. Yoshino, which is famous for its cherry blossoms.

Yoshinoyama, the most famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan (early April-late April)

In addition, we recommend the azaleas of Katsuragi Kogen from early May to mid-May and the autumn foliage of Tanzan Shrine from mid-November to early December.

Tanzan Shrine(Autumn leave Mid Nov-Beg Dec)

Also, if you are traveling with children, we recommend Shigisan Nodokamura Agricultural Park. You can enjoy taste picking such as strawberries and grapes, and there are also hands-on facilities such as buckwheat making and sausage making classes.
Furthermore, if you like the drive itself, Nara Okuyama Driveway is recommended. You can look down on panoramic Nara city from Mt. Wakakusayama.

Driving Map For This Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Nara

On this day, you will stay in Nara (奈良) city which is an old capital of Japan with a long history.
The inns are concentrated between Nara Station and Todaiji Temple. As many tourist attractions are located on the east side of the city, so it is convenient to stay there.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Nara – Nara🔒

Start: Nara (奈良)
Finish: Nara (奈良)
Mileage:20km
Travel Pace: Rerax

On this day, you will stay in Nara for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nara

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage on the day is short, about 20km. However, if you haven’t visited Todaiji Temple and Nara Park yet, it’s better to leave the hotel around 9 a.m.




10 min

2

Todaiji Temple & Nara Park

Parking MAPCODE:

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Nara Park, Nara’s largest tourist area

9:10

If you haven’t visited yet, your first destination on this day is [Todaiji Temple & Nara Park], which is the largest area for sightseeing in Nara. Free-range deer welcome you at [Nara Park]. Nara Park is a vast park with a total area of about 6.6 million square meters, which makes you feel like you are in the ancient city of Nara.

[Todaiji Temple] is a Buddhist temple built in the 8th century. The Great Buddha, which can be said to be the symbol of Nara, is about 18m high, including the pedestal, and has a masterpiece presence. The Great Buddha Hall is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.

The Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple (Nara) is still huge!

If time permits, please go to [Kasuga Taisha Shrine]. This is the head office of Kasuga Shrine, which has 3,000 shrines nationwide, and the main shrine with vermilion pillars is impressive.

Kasuga Taisha, a World Heritage Site with 1,300 years of history, in magnificent vermilion

In addition, there are Kofukuji Temple, Nara National Museum, Isuien, etc. in the vicinity, which are full of attractions.

Nara National Museum




15min

3

Nara Kingyo Museum

Parking MAPCODE:

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Nara Kingyo(Golden fish) Museum

13:00

Next, you will head to the Nara Kingyo Museum. The Nara Kingyo (Goldfish) Museum is one of the largest goldfish entertainment aquariums in western Japan, with more than 2,000 goldfish of 38 types, from familiar to rare species, swimming elegantly and beautifully.




5min

4

Heijo Palace Remains

Parking MAPCODE:

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Heijo Palace Remains

14:00

Next, you will head to the Heijo Palace Remains, which were the center of Heijo-kyo when the capital was transferred from Fujiwara-kyo in 710. In 1998, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”.

Heijo Palace Remains




15min

5

Yakushiji Temple

Parking MAPCODE:

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15:30

Yakushiji Temple, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, was built in 680.

Next, you will head to [Yakushiji Temple]. Yakushiji Temple, which is registered as a World Heritage Site, was built in 680, but most of the temple buildings were destroyed by fire and war, and now only the East Pagoda is built in the Nara period. However, the reconstruction of the temple is progressing, and the two towers, old and new, and the main hall rise high, and you can still see the gorgeous Hakuho building style.




20min

6

Inn in Nara

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:00

On this day, you will stay in Nara for the second consecutive night. Please relax and enjoy your stay in Nara.




You can enjoy the nature of each season around Nara. For example, if you are traveling from late March to mid-April, we recommend visiting Mt. Yoshino, which is famous for its cherry blossoms.

Yoshinoyama, the most famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan (early April-late April)

In addition, we recommend the azaleas of Katsuragi Kogen from early May to mid-May and the autumn foliage of Tanzan Shrine from mid-November to early December.

Tanzan Shrine(Autumn leave Mid Nov-Beg Dec)

Also, if you are traveling with children, we recommend Shigisan Nodokamura Agricultural Park. You can enjoy taste picking such as strawberries and grapes, and there are also hands-on facilities such as buckwheat making and sausage making classes.
Furthermore, if you like the drive itself, Nara Okuyama Driveway is recommended. You can look down on panoramic Nara city from Mt. Wakakusayama.

Driving Map For This Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Nara

On this day, you will stay in Nara (奈良) city which is an old capital of Japan with a long history.
The inns are concentrated between Nara Station and Todaiji Temple. As many tourist attractions are located on the east side of the city, so it is convenient to stay there.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Nara – Kyoto🔒

Start: Nara (奈良)
Finish: Kyoto (京都)
Mileage:60km
Travel Pace: Rerax

On this day you are heading from Nara to Kyoto.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nara

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The mileage on the day is short, about 60km. However, if you haven’t visited Todaiji Temple and Nara Park yet, it’s better to leave the hotel around 9 a.m.




10 min

2

Todaiji Temple & Nara Park

Parking MAPCODE:

🔒Book rental car or hotelWhat is MAPCODE?

Nara Park, Nara’s largest tourist area

9:10

If you haven’t visited yet, your first destination on this day is [Todaiji Temple & Nara Park], which is the largest area for sightseeing in Nara. Free-range deer welcome you at [Nara Park]. Nara Park is a vast park with a total area of about 6.6 million square meters, which makes you feel like you are in the ancient city of Nara.

[Todaiji Temple] is a Buddhist temple built in the 8th century. The Great Buddha, which can be said to be the symbol of Nara, is about 18m high, including the pedestal, and has a masterpiece presence. The Great Buddha Hall is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.

The Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple (Nara) is still huge!

If time permits, please go to [Kasuga Taisha Shrine]. This is the head office of Kasuga Shrine, which has 3,000 shrines nationwide, and the main shrine with vermilion pillars is impressive.

Kasuga Taisha, a World Heritage Site with 1,300 years of history, in magnificent vermilion

In addition, there are Kofukuji Temple, Nara National Museum, Isuien, etc. in the vicinity, which are full of attractions.

Nara National Museum




15min

3

Nara Kingyo Museum

Parking MAPCODE:

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Nara Kingyo(Golden fish) Museum

13:00

Next, you will head to [Nara Kingyo (Goldfish) Museum]. The Nara Kingyo Museum is one of the largest goldfish entertainment aquariums in western Japan, with more than 2,000 goldfish of 38 types, from familiar to rare species, swimming elegantly and beautifully.




60min

4

Byodoin Temple&Green Tea Street

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15:00

Byodoin Temple is a famous temple with beautiful ponds, gardens and buildings housing cultural relics.

Next, you will head to [Byodoin Temple and Green Tea Street]. This is a famous temple with beautiful ponds, gardens, and buildings housing cultural relics. There are also tours of the interior. After visiting Byodoin Temple, take a walk down nearby Green Tea Street, which has some tea shops. How about buying Uji tea, which is famous in Japan, as a souvenir?

Uji Green Tea Street is a charming haven near Byodoin Temple, boasting centuries-old tea shops & traditional matcha treats, immerse yourself in Japan’s tea culture.




35min

5

Inn in Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

17:00

On this day, you will stay overnight in Kyoto, the ancient city. Please relax and enjoy your stay in Kyoto.




Driving Map For This Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Kyoto

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.

 

Kyoto – Kyoto🔒

Start: Kyoto (京都)
Finish: Kyoto (京都)
Mileage:40km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The distance covered on this day is only about 40km, which is short, but the city is home to many cultural properties that have been registered as World Heritage Sites, so the time for sightseeing will be longer. Therefore, we recommend that you leave the inn early.




15min

2

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Parking MAPCODE:

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9:15

1,000 torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine

Your first destination for the day is [Fushimi Inari Shrine], which is very popular among foreign tourists. In particular, the 1,000 torii gates (there are actually more than 10,000) are famous as photo spots, and many tourists take pictures here.




20min

3

Kiyomizudera Temple & Sannenzaka ,Ninenzaka street

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11:00

The main hall of Kiyomizu Temple with the stage of Kiyomizu

Next, you will head to [Kiyomizudera Temple], a World Heritage Site. Your car will be parked at the Kyoto City Kiyomizuzaka sightseeing parking lot. The roads around the parking lot are narrow and there are many tourists, so please drive carefully. Kiyomizudera Temple is famous for its main hall with the stage of Kiyomizu, but there are other places of interest such as the Niomon gate, three-storied pagoda, and Otowa Falls.

Before returning to the parking lot from Kiyomizudera, please take a stroll through [Sannenzaka, Ninenzaka street]. From Kiyomizuzaka leading to Kiyomizudera Temple, turn north on a narrow road to enter Sannenzaka. If you go further down the slope, you will continue to Ninenzaka. The beautiful scenery of old souvenir shops is not only always crowded with tourists, but also designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Also, this area is the most Kyoto-like area, so many people go sightseeing in kimonos. Of course, you can also rent kimonos.
It is recommended to eat lunch around here on this day.

Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka area is the most Kyoto-like area




40min

4

Kinkakuji Temple

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14:40

Kinkakuji Temple is also a World Heritage Site

After lunch, you will head to [Kinkakuji Temple], which is also a World Heritage Site. Kinkakuji Temple was built in 1397 and is a must-see for its three-storied pavilion that reflects against the garden pond.




10min

5

Ryoanji Temple

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15:50

The rock garden of Ryoanji Temple

Next, you will head to [Ryoanji Temple], which is also a World Heritage Site. The dry landscape garden of Ryoaji Temple is famous for its rock garden and is visited by many tourists.




15min

6

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Parking MAPCODE:

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17:00

Mysterious atmosphere of the bamboo grove

The final destination of the day is [Arashiyama Bamboo Forest]. This is a small path of about 400 meters from Nonomiya Shrine to Okochi Sanso through the north gate of Tenryuji Temple. This is one of Kyoto’s leading tourist attractions, with well-maintained bamboo groves lining both sides of the path. Enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the bamboo grove.




40min

7

Inn in Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

18:40

On this day you will stay in Kyoto for the second consecutive night. Please spend a relaxing time at the inn.




As an ancient city, Kyoto is famous for its many important cultural properties, but the flowers that change with the seasons add even more color. During the spring cherry blossom season (late March to mid-April), cherry blossoms are in full bloom everywhere in the city, and the cherry blossoms at Ninnaji Temple and Daigoji Temple are especially recommended.

Daigoji Temple with cherry blossoms

During the fall foliage season (mid-November to late November), the entire city is dyed in foliage, and the foliage at Tofukuji Temple is particularly spectacular.

Tofukuji Temple with autumn leaves

In addition, Kyoto Kawadoko is held during the summer (May to September) as a tradition of Kyoto. This is a style of dining on a terrace built over the river, where you can savor the traditions of Kyoto.

Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Kyoto

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.

 

Kyoto – Kyoto🔒

Start: Kyoto (京都)
Finish: Kyoto (京都)
Mileage:40km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The distance covered on this day is only about 40km, which is short, but the city is home to many cultural properties that have been registered as World Heritage Sites, so the time for sightseeing will be longer. Therefore, we recommend that you leave the inn early.




15min

2

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Parking MAPCODE:

🔒Book rental car or hotelWhat is MAPCODE?

9:15

1,000 torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine

Your first destination for the day is [Fushimi Inari Shrine], which is very popular among foreign tourists. In particular, the 1,000 torii gates (there are actually more than 10,000) are famous as photo spots, and many tourists take pictures here.




20min

3

Kiyomizudera Temple & Sannenzaka ,Ninenzaka street

Parking MAPCODE:

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11:00

The main hall of Kiyomizu Temple with the stage of Kiyomizu

Next, you will head to [Kiyomizudera Temple], a World Heritage Site. Your car will be parked at the Kyoto City Kiyomizuzaka sightseeing parking lot. The roads around the parking lot are narrow and there are many tourists, so please drive carefully. Kiyomizudera Temple is famous for its main hall with the stage of Kiyomizu, but there are other places of interest such as the Niomon gate, three-storied pagoda, and Otowa Falls.

Before returning to the parking lot from Kiyomizudera, please take a stroll through [Sannenzaka, Ninenzaka street]. From Kiyomizuzaka leading to Kiyomizudera Temple, turn north on a narrow road to enter Sannenzaka. If you go further down the slope, you will continue to Ninenzaka. The beautiful scenery of old souvenir shops is not only always crowded with tourists, but also designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Also, this area is the most Kyoto-like area, so many people go sightseeing in kimonos. Of course, you can also rent kimonos.
It is recommended to eat lunch around here on this day.

Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka area is the most Kyoto-like area




40min

4

Kinkakuji Temple

Parking MAPCODE:

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14:40

Kinkakuji Temple is also a World Heritage Site

After lunch, you will head to [Kinkakuji Temple], which is also a World Heritage Site. Kinkakuji Temple was built in 1397 and is a must-see for its three-storied pavilion that reflects against the garden pond.




10min

5

Ryoanji Temple

Parking MAPCODE:

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15:50

The rock garden of Ryoanji Temple

Next, you will head to [Ryoanji Temple], which is also a World Heritage Site. The dry landscape garden of Ryoaji Temple is famous for its rock garden and is visited by many tourists.




15min

6

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Parking MAPCODE:

🔒Book rental car or hotelWhat is MAPCODE?

17:00

Mysterious atmosphere of the bamboo grove

The final destination of the day is [Arashiyama Bamboo Forest]. This is a small path of about 400 meters from Nonomiya Shrine to Okochi Sanso through the north gate of Tenryuji Temple. This is one of Kyoto’s leading tourist attractions, with well-maintained bamboo groves lining both sides of the path. Enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the bamboo grove.




40min

7

Inn in Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

18:40

On this day you will stay in Kyoto for the second consecutive night. Please spend a relaxing time at the inn.




As an ancient city, Kyoto is famous for its many important cultural properties, but the flowers that change with the seasons add even more color. During the spring cherry blossom season (late March to mid-April), cherry blossoms are in full bloom everywhere in the city, and the cherry blossoms at Ninnaji Temple and Daigoji Temple are especially recommended.

Daigoji Temple with cherry blossoms

During the fall foliage season (mid-November to late November), the entire city is dyed in foliage, and the foliage at Tofukuji Temple is particularly spectacular.

Tofukuji Temple with autumn leaves

In addition, Kyoto Kawadoko is held during the summer (May to September) as a tradition of Kyoto. This is a style of dining on a terrace built over the river, where you can savor the traditions of Kyoto.

Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Kyoto

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.

 

Kyoto – Kyoto🔒

Start: Kyoto (京都)
Finish: Kyoto (京都)
Mileage:40km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto for the second consecutive night.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00

The distance covered on this day is only about 40km, which is short, but the city is home to many cultural properties that have been registered as World Heritage Sites, so the time for sightseeing will be longer. Therefore, we recommend that you leave the inn early.




15min

2

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Parking MAPCODE:

🔒Book rental car or hotelWhat is MAPCODE?

9:15

1,000 torii gates in Fushimi Inari Shrine

Your first destination for the day is [Fushimi Inari Shrine], which is very popular among foreign tourists. In particular, the 1,000 torii gates (there are actually more than 10,000) are famous as photo spots, and many tourists take pictures here.




20min

3

Kiyomizudera Temple & Sannenzaka ,Ninenzaka street

Parking MAPCODE:

🔒Book rental car or hotelWhat is MAPCODE?

11:00

The main hall of Kiyomizu Temple with the stage of Kiyomizu

Next, you will head to [Kiyomizudera Temple], a World Heritage Site. Your car will be parked at the Kyoto City Kiyomizuzaka sightseeing parking lot. The roads around the parking lot are narrow and there are many tourists, so please drive carefully. Kiyomizudera Temple is famous for its main hall with the stage of Kiyomizu, but there are other places of interest such as the Niomon gate, three-storied pagoda, and Otowa Falls.

Before returning to the parking lot from Kiyomizudera, please take a stroll through [Sannenzaka, Ninenzaka street]. From Kiyomizuzaka leading to Kiyomizudera Temple, turn north on a narrow road to enter Sannenzaka. If you go further down the slope, you will continue to Ninenzaka. The beautiful scenery of old souvenir shops is not only always crowded with tourists, but also designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Also, this area is the most Kyoto-like area, so many people go sightseeing in kimonos. Of course, you can also rent kimonos.
It is recommended to eat lunch around here on this day.

Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka area is the most Kyoto-like area




40min

4

Kinkakuji Temple

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14:40

Kinkakuji Temple is also a World Heritage Site

After lunch, you will head to [Kinkakuji Temple], which is also a World Heritage Site. Kinkakuji Temple was built in 1397 and is a must-see for its three-storied pavilion that reflects against the garden pond.




10min

5

Ryoanji Temple

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15:50

The rock garden of Ryoanji Temple

Next, you will head to [Ryoanji Temple], which is also a World Heritage Site. The dry landscape garden of Ryoaji Temple is famous for its rock garden and is visited by many tourists.




15min

6

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

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17:00

Mysterious atmosphere of the bamboo grove

The final destination of the day is [Arashiyama Bamboo Forest]. This is a small path of about 400 meters from Nonomiya Shrine to Okochi Sanso through the north gate of Tenryuji Temple. This is one of Kyoto’s leading tourist attractions, with well-maintained bamboo groves lining both sides of the path. Enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of the bamboo grove.




40min

7

Inn in Kyoto

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18:40

On this day you will stay in Kyoto for the second consecutive night. Please spend a relaxing time at the inn.




As an ancient city, Kyoto is famous for its many important cultural properties, but the flowers that change with the seasons add even more color. During the spring cherry blossom season (late March to mid-April), cherry blossoms are in full bloom everywhere in the city, and the cherry blossoms at Ninnaji Temple and Daigoji Temple are especially recommended.

Daigoji Temple with cherry blossoms

During the fall foliage season (mid-November to late November), the entire city is dyed in foliage, and the foliage at Tofukuji Temple is particularly spectacular.

Tofukuji Temple with autumn leaves

In addition, Kyoto Kawadoko is held during the summer (May to September) as a tradition of Kyoto. This is a style of dining on a terrace built over the river, where you can savor the traditions of Kyoto.

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Where to stay in Kyoto

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.

 

Kyoto – Osaka🔒

Start: Kyoto (京都)
Finish: Osaka (大阪)
Mileage:
To Osaka: 90km
To Kansai Airport: 130km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will head from Kyoto to Osaka.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kyoto

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The mileage on this day is a little short, between 90 and 130 kilometers, depending on your final destination. However, traffic congestion is heavy around Kyoto and Osaka, so please use the expressway as much as possible to shorten the travel time.




25min

2

Byodoin Temple&Green Tea Street

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10:25

Byodoin Temple is a famous temple with beautiful ponds, gardens and buildings housing cultural relics.

The first stop of the day is [Byodoin Temple and Green Tea Street]. This is a famous temple with beautiful ponds, gardens, and buildings housing cultural relics. There are also tours of the interior. After visiting Byodoin Temple, take a walk down nearby Green Tea Street, which has some tea shops. How about buying Uji tea, which is famous in Japan, as a souvenir?

Uji Green Tea Street is a charming haven near Byodoin Temple, boasting centuries-old tea shops and traditional matcha treats. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Japan’s tea culture.




40min

3

Tower of the Sun & Expo’70 Commemorative Park

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Expo ’70 Commemorative Park which is the site of the Japan World Exposition held in 1970.

Next, you will head to [Expo ’70 Commemorative Park]. This is the site of the Japan World Exposition held in 1970 and is a futuristic urban space with pavilions built using the cutting-edge technology of the time.




20min

4

Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Kadoma

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Next, you will head to [Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Kadoma]. Enjoy shopping, dining, and more at this huge facility.

Mitsui Outlet Park (Osaka Kodama opens in 2023. Above picture is different.)




25min

5

Rental car branch at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto

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16:30
This is the end of the drive trip. Or Inn in Osaka.

①Returning a car in Osaka or Kyoto
When you return to Osaka or Kyoto, refuel the car and then return it to the car rental branch. Use the MAPCODE on the driving map to find the nearest gas stations near Osaka Station or Kyoto.
Traffic jams often occur in Osaka and Kyoto because they are both large cities. Be sure to return your car with plenty of time to spare.

Osaka and Kyoto offer a wide variety of culinary delights! For dinner, try takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and other local foods.

②Returning a car at Kansai Airport
When heading to Kansai airport, the distance from Osaka station is about 50 km, or about 1 hour by express way. Make sure you arrive at the branch of the car rental company two hours before your flight.

Additionally, there are no gas stations on the Kansai International Airport island. If you do not have enough time before your flight, we strongly recommend that you head to the airport and settle the missing gasoline bill at a rental car branch instead of trying to force yourself to refuel.

If you plan to stay overnight in Osaka on this day, we recommend that you book accommodations around Dotonbori. And after check-in, please enjoy walking around Dotonbori, Tsutenkaku Tower, Shinsekai, etc.

Osaka’s famous takoyaki
Dotonbori river near Nanba station in Osaka
Tsutenkaku at Shinsekai area in Osaka




If you are traveling from early April to early May, stop by Osaka Maishima Seaside Park. During the “Nemophila Festival” the whole area is dyed blue, and you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful scenery.

If you’re traveling with kids, we recommend Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of the world’s largest aquariums, and the Cup Noodle Museum, where you can make homemade ramen noodles.

Kaiyukan, one of the world’s largest aquariums
Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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Where to stay in Osaka

On this day, you will back to Osaka(大阪) city. If you are planning to stay in Osaka, we recommend the following places.
Additionally, Kyoto is located only 50km away and takes 1 hour. If you want, you can return your car at Kyoto and stay there.

Osaka

There is 2 recommended area in Osaka to stay in.
1. Around Osaka Umeda Station
Many people misunderstand, but Osaka and Umeda are the same places. It is 20min to USJ and10min to “Shin-Osaka Station” for Shinkansen train.
2. Around Nanba Station
It is located within walking distance of the famous “Dotonbori” and “Tsutenkaku” areas and is recommended for travelers who want to go sightseeing in Osaka.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Osaka. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Osaka by car.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 60,000 restaurants in Osaka. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
Kyoto

There is 2 recommended area in Kyoto to stay in.
1. Around Kyoto Station
There are many buses to all areas in Kyoto and convenient.
2. Higashiyama area
It is the most famous area in Kyoto because of good access to “Kiyomizu Temple” and Gion area.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Kyoto. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Kyoto by car.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 9,000 restaurants in Kyoto. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Process

  1. Book hotels or rental cars from the links below.
  2. Submit the “Map Request Form” at the bottom after bookings.
  3. We will send you day-by-day Driving Maps with MAPCODE of the itinerary you choose!
    Enjoy your trip without the hassle of finding parking!

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide

There are 6 places for pick-up and return cars in Kansai area.

  • Airport
    There are 2 main airports. The domestic Airport “Itami” is close to Osaka and Kansai Airport is 50km away.
    • Kansai Airport
      50km to the center of Osaka.
      45 minutes from Osaka station by train, and 50 minutes by car.
    • Itami Airport
      15km to the center of Osaka.
      30 minutes from Osaka station by train, and 20 minutes by car. Please note that the official name of Itami Airport is “Itami International Airport”, but it is for domestic flights only.
  • Main stations in Osaka
    There are 3 recommended stations for Pick-up and Drop-off. Due to the complexity of the road and heavy traffic, we recommend Shin-Osaka for those who are concerned.
    • Shin Osaka Station
      Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen. Only 5min to Osaka station. Easy to pick-up and drop-off.
    • Shinjuku Station
      Sometimes called Umeda Station or Osaka-Umeda Station, but consider them all to be the same station.
      Conveniently located 15 minutes to USJ without transfers.
    • Namba Station
      Convenient for Minami downtown area includes Dotonbori, Kuromon Market, Glico Man and many department stores.
  • Kyoto station
    • You also can Pick-up or Drop-off cars in Kyoto. Most car rental shops are located southern side of Kyoto Station.
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    You can rent at Airport and return to Osaka or Kyoto, and vice versa. Usually, the one-way charge is about JPY5,000-9,000.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    Kansai rarely gets much snow, even in winter, and snow tires are not necessary.

Hotel Booking

You can book any hotels for this itinerary from the links below, however we will suggest a recommended mid range
hotel or inn that has:
・Parking
・A convenient location
・A rate of about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Wakayama
Recommended Inn

Seaside Kancho Ryokan

On this day, you will stay in either Wakayama city or Mt.Koya. It is 50km and takes about 70min.

①Wakayama City

Wakayama city faces Wakayama Bay, and some hotels have ocean view rooms where you can enjoy the sunset. Most inns are concentrated westside of Wakayama station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There are several inns with hot springs. It is up to you to decide whether to stay at an inn with hot springs or not.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants near Wakayama Station that are open until late, so it’s okay to have an accommodation plan without meals. For inns far from Wakayama Station, we recommend an accommodation plan with meals.

② Mt. Koyasan

Koyasan, a sacred Buddhist site. There are lots of Shukubo-style inn(a form of lodging mainly in Buddhist temples) here. You can have unique experiences such as morning affairs, sutra copying, and an Okunoin night tour.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are Shukubo.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Only one inn “Fukuchiin” has Onsen facilities.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    You can enjoy healthy vegetarian meals prepared for monks for dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Shirahama
Recommended Inn

Hamachidorinoyu Kaisyu

On this day, you will stay in Shirahama (白浜) town which is the Onsen with a long history.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one. Some inns provide open-air Onsen with ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.
/ stay in Kumano
Recommended Inn

Hotel Urashima

On this day, you will stay in Kumano (熊野) area.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Paciffic coast area
There are many inns in Nachi(那智), and Shingu(新宮) towns along the pacific coast for those who wish to avoid long drives.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some inns provide Onsen and you can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a pacific ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Around Kumano Hongu Shrine
There are small Onsen villages around the Kumamo Hongu shrine. If you don’t mind driving additional 60km, it is also recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Kumano
Recommended Inn

Hotel Urashima

On this day, you will stay in Kumano (熊野) area.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Paciffic coast area
There are many inns in Nachi(那智), and Shingu(新宮) towns along the pacific coast for those who wish to avoid long drives.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Some inns provide Onsen and you can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a pacific ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Around Kumano Hongu Shrine
There are small Onsen villages around the Kumamo Hongu shrine. If you don’t mind driving additional 60km, it is also recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide Onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in IseShima
Recommended Inn

Ryosou Uminochou Ryokan

On this day, you will stay in either Ise city or Shima area. It is 30km and takes about 45min.

①Ise city
It is convenient to visit “Ise Jingu Shrine”. Most inn are concentrated between Iseshi Station and Ise Jingu Outer Shrine.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 2-star western-style hotels to 4-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking. Some of them are free and some of them charge in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As there are many restaurants for dinner, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shima Area
There are many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star western hotels and Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most of the inns provide Onsen. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Most inns provide nice seafood dinner and are recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in IseShima
Recommended Inn

Ryosou Uminochou Ryokan

On this day, you will stay in either Ise city or Shima area. It is 30km and takes about 45min.

①Ise city
It is convenient to visit “Ise Jingu Shrine”. Most inn are concentrated between Iseshi Station and Ise Jingu Outer Shrine.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 2-star western-style hotels to 4-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking. Some of them are free and some of them charge in addition to the accommodation fee.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As there are many restaurants for dinner, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shima Area
There are many luxury Onsen Ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star western hotels and Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most of the inns provide Onsen. You can enjoy an open-air Onsen with ocean view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Most inns provide nice seafood dinner and are recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Nara
Recommended Inn

Nara Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Nara (奈良) city which is an old capital of Japan with a long history.
The inns are concentrated between Nara Station and Todaiji Temple. As many tourist attractions are located on the east side of the city, so it is convenient to stay there.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Nara
Recommended Inn

Nara Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Nara (奈良) city which is an old capital of Japan with a long history.
The inns are concentrated between Nara Station and Todaiji Temple. As many tourist attractions are located on the east side of the city, so it is convenient to stay there.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Nara
Recommended Inn

Nara Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Nara (奈良) city which is an old capital of Japan with a long history.
The inns are concentrated between Nara Station and Todaiji Temple. As many tourist attractions are located on the east side of the city, so it is convenient to stay there.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no onsen in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Kyoto
Recommended Inn

The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.
/ stay in Kyoto
Recommended Inn

The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.
/ stay in Kyoto
Recommended Inn

The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.
/ stay in Kyoto
Recommended Inn

The Prince Kyoto Takaragaike

On this day, you will stay in Kyoto(京都) City. There are thousands of inns in Kyoto and most tourists try to stay near Kyoto station because of the bus terminals. But for road trippers, we recommend inns on the outskirts of the city to avoid crowds.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-5 star Japanese Ryokan and western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns located city center don’t have official parking. Some inns on the outskirts of the city offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals. But if you stay 4-5 star Japanese Rokan, it is recommended to book a plan including dinner.
/ stay in Osaka
Recommended Inn

Hotel androoms Shin-Osaka

On this day, you will back to Osaka(大阪) city. If you are planning to stay in Osaka, we recommend the following places.
Additionally, Kyoto is located only 50km away and takes 1 hour. If you want, you can return your car at Kyoto and stay there.

Osaka

There is 2 recommended area in Osaka to stay in.
1. Around Osaka Umeda Station
Many people misunderstand, but Osaka and Umeda are the same places. It is 20min to USJ and10min to “Shin-Osaka Station” for Shinkansen train.
2. Around Nanba Station
It is located within walking distance of the famous “Dotonbori” and “Tsutenkaku” areas and is recommended for travelers who want to go sightseeing in Osaka.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Osaka. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Osaka by car.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 60,000 restaurants in Osaka. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Kyoto

There is 2 recommended area in Kyoto to stay in.
1. Around Kyoto Station
There are many buses to all areas in Kyoto and convenient.
2. Higashiyama area
It is the most famous area in Kyoto because of good access to “Kiyomizu Temple” and Gion area.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Kyoto. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Kyoto by car.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 9,000 restaurants in Kyoto. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

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