Kansai 5 Days Itinerary-A

Summary

  • Start
    Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto
  • Finish
    Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto
  • Mileage
    Total 880km
    180km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Fast
  • Onsen Stay
    Max. 3 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr,May,Jun,Jul,Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov,Dec

This itinerary takes 5 days to circle around the whole Kii Peninsula.
Due to long daily mileage and no consecutive stay, the travel pace is very fast.

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 – Shirahama(Sample)

Start: Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto (大阪 or 京都)
Finish: Shirahama (白浜)
Mileage:
From Kyoto: 260km
From Osaka: 230km
From Kansai Arirpot: 210km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head to Shirahama from Osaka or Kyoto via Mt. Koya.

Recommended Itinerary(Sample)

1

Rental car branch at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto

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9:00
The mileage for the day varies greatly from 210-260km, 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. So it is recommended to depart by 9 o’clock at the latest.
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




100 min

2

Mt. Koya Danjo Garan

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Nemoto Daito in the Danjo Garan of Koyasan

10:40

The first destination is today’s biggest highlight, Mt. Koya. There is not much to see on the way to Mt. Koya, so move quickly on the expressway (E26).

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.

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 park in the parking lot near the Danjo Garan indicated by the MAPCODE.




10 min

3

Mt. Koya Okunoin

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11:50

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. Please refer driving map for parking.

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.




140 min

There are few attractions along the way to Shirahama, so take the expressway (E42) and drive for about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Please drive safely while taking breaks on the way.

4

Sandanbeki Rocks Cliff & Cave

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

15:10

After moving to Shirahama quickly, 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 of 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 Pirates, which were proud of their power during the Heian period (710-1192). You can go down to the cave by elevator.

There is [Shirahama Olive & Gelato Kobo] just a short walk from Sandanbeki Cave, so if you get tired, stop by. The gelato you eat while sitting on the terrace and looking out at the sea is the best.

Rich gelato




10 min

5

Inn in Shirahama

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17:00

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. Here, it is recommended to make a reservation at a hot spring inn with a plan that includes two meals. Make sure you arrive at the inn by 6 pm at the latest.

Shirarahama beach with dazzling white sand




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-Shirahama – Google マイマップ
Osaka/Kyoto-Shirahama

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.

Recommended Itinerary

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 – 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 – 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

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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 – Osaka🔒

Start: Nara (奈良)
Finish: Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto (大阪 or 京都)
Mileage:
To Kyoto: 90km
To Osaka: 80km
To Kansai Arirpot:120km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day you will head from Nara city to Osaka or Kyoto.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Nara

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9:00

The mileage is short and is about 80km to 120km, so you can relax and enjoy sightseeing, but if you need to return your rental car, we recommend that you leave the hotel early.




10 min

2

Todaiji Temple & Nara Park

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Nara Park, Nara’s largest tourist area

9:10
First of all, you should go to [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.

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

[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.

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

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.

In addition, there are Kofukuji Temple, Nara National Museum, Isuien, etc. in the vicinity, which are full of attractions. However, consider a time schedule that matches the time of your return flight or train.




45 min

3

Horyuji Temple

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Horyu-ji Temple, the oldest group of wooden buildings in the world

12:10

Not to be missed is [Horyuji Temple], which was built by Prince Shotoku and Empress Suiko in 607. The oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world are so famous that they are listed as World Heritage Sites. Actually, it’s 20km away from Todaiji Temple, so please drive.

Take a break at a cafe with a nice atmosphere

If you get a little tired, stop by a cafe called [Fukokuen] near Horyuji Temple. A part of an old baron’s mansion is used as a cafe and it has a luxurious and calm atmosphere.




50 min

4

Shigiikoma Skyline

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15:00

Next, head to Osaka or Kyoto through [Shigiikoma Skyline road]. There are several free observatories along the way and you can enjoy the scenery of the Osaka Plain and the Nara Basin.




80 min

5

Rental car branch at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto

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16:40
This is the end of the drive trip.

①Returning a car in Osaka or Kyoto
When you return to Osaka or Kyoto, refuel and then return the car to the car rental branch. Use the MAPCODE on the driving map for the nearest rental car stores and 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 offers a wide variety of culinary delights! For dinner, try Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and other local food.

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

Rental car branch at Kansai airport
Osaka’s famous takoyaki
Dotonbori river near Nanba station in Osaka
Tsutenkaku at Shinsekai area in Osaka




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 Osaka or Kyoto

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 to 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 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 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 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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