22 days in Kyoto & Shirahama-cho Itinerary

22 days in Kyoto & Shirahama-cho Itinerary

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22 days in Kyoto & Shirahama-cho Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Train:  3​h
1
Kyoto
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Shirahama-cho
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
End: Osaka

10
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kamogawa River, Ninna-ji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toshodaiji Temple and Yakushi-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nara Park and Kofuku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Hōzen-ji Temple, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara).

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip website .

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You will leave for Shirahama-cho on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

7
nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirarahama Beach and Omiwa Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Kishu Binchotan Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shirahama-cho: Tanabe (Tokei Shrine & Oyunohara), Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall (in Kushimoto-cho) and Ishibutai Tomb (in Asuka-mura). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rinkaiura Beach, see the interesting displays at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Murosan Monjudo, and explore the striking landscape at Sandambeki Rock Cliff.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shirahama-cho trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Shirahama-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shirahama-cho: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tanabe, Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall, Ishibutai Tomb, Omiwa Shrine, Kishu Binchotan Museum
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Senjojiki
Senjojiki

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Modern Transportation Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate UCC Coffee Museum and Osaka Museum of History. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Minami (Namba) (in Namba), Kazugayama Genshirin (in Nara) and Osaka (Tower Knives Osaka, Umeda Sky Building, & more). See even more of Kyoto: walk around Nakanoshima Park, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and get a taste of the local shopping with Midosuji Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Shirahama-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, UCC Coffee Museum, Kasugayama
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

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