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Visiting three unique Kansai cities

2nights,3Days Departure from Osaka

Experience ancient Japanese tradition and culture, and the dynamic energy of Osaka, the city of merchants.

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Kyoto

[Traveling]

Osaka -- <JR 30 mins.> -- Kyoto -- <25 mins. by bus> -- [Nijo Castle] -- <30 mins. by bus> -- [Kinkaku-ji Temple] -- <35 mins. by bus> -- Gion Shijo -- <by walk> -- [Yasaka-jinja Shrine][Maruyama Park][Chion-in Temple][Ninen-zaka Slope][Sannen-zaka Slope][Yasaka Pagoda][Kiyomizu-dera Temple] -- Kiyomizumichi -- <20 mins. by bus> -- [Shijokawara-machi] -- <8 mins. by walk> -- [Nishiki-koji Street]

*The times required with public transportation are approximate.

Nijo Castle

A castle built on a flat plain by Ieyasu Tokugawa, who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603, as the family residence in Kyoto. The gorgeous structure of the Ninomaru Palace and wall paintings are must-see sights. The garden has over two hundred cherry trees, which are beautifully lit during the cherry blossom season.

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Go to another world heritage site, the Kinkaku-ji Temple. Be sure not to miss the incredible gardens and beautiful shape of the temple reflected in the pond. Souvenirs are also available inside.

Yasaka-jinja Shrine

Enjoy areas of green verdure such as the Maruyama Park and head to the nearby Yasaka-jinja Shrine. Yasaka-jinja Shrine is a very old shrine that is said to have been built in 656, and is affectionately referred to as "Gion-san" by the local people. This shrine becomes a hub of activity during the Gion Festival.

Chion-in Temple

Walk through Maruyama Park and visit the Chion-in Temple. There is plenty to see in this temple including one of the largest temple gates in the world, as well as gardens and a bell.

Yasaka-no-to pagoda

Then, walk up the Ninen-zaka slope and the Sannen-zaka slope while enjoying the view of the Yasaka-no-to pagoda.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Tour the Kiyomizu-dera Temple world heritage site. The view from the main hall built on the cliffs is exquisite.

Shijokawara-machi

The most popular entertainment district in Kyoto. There are many first-class department stores in Kawara-machi town.

Nishiki-koji Street

A walk down Nishiki-koji Street, known as the kitchen of Kyoto, 400m shopping street where there are many shops specializing in foodstuff, or Shinkyogoku Street where many souvenir shops stand side by side, is also recommended.

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1st Day

Nara

[Traveling]

Kintetsu Kyoto -- <Kintetsu (60 mins.)> -- Kintetu Nara -- <by walk> -- [Kofuku-ji Temple][Nara Park] -- [Kasuga Taisha Shrine] -- [Todai-ji Temple] -- <10 mins. by walk> -- [Nara National Museum] -- [Gankou-ji Temple (Gokuraku-bo)]

Kofuku-ji Temple

In the Kokuhokan, there are many must-see precious Buddhist statues and sculptures including the Asura statue with 3 faces and 6 arms created about 1,300 years ago.

Nara Park

Take a walk in Nara Park for 20 minutes or so. The deer here are very well cared for as they are believed to be messengers of God.

Kasuga-taisha Shrine

Visit the Kasuga-taisha Shrine world heritage site for a great sense of ancient Japan. Its main hall, Honden, is very colorful and there are 300 varieties of plants in the garden - you can enjoy the beauty of each season whatever time of year you visit.

Todai-ji Temple

After walking for another 15 minutes you arrive at the Todai-ji Temple world heritage site, which is considered the pinnacle of Buddhist culture. It houses the Great Buddha that surprises everyone with its sheer size and other outstanding Buddha statues, so you will not be able to take everything in no matter how much time you have. In front of the temple gates are some souvenir shops with a very lively atmosphere. (1.5 hour tour)

Nara National Museum

Walk for 10 minutes to the "Nara National Museum" where many Buddhist art masterpieces are exhibited. The best collection of museum goods is found here. You can also take a short break at the museum's restaurant.

Gangou-ji Temple

Walk for about 20 minutes in the park to the Gangou-ji (Gokuraku-bo) Temple world heritage site. The oldest temple in Japan was moved and reconstructed at this location.

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2nd Day

Osaka

[Traveling]

Nara -- <JR 50 mins.> -- Tennoji -- <JR Osaka Loop Line 14 mins.> -- Osaka Castle Park -- [Osaka Castle][Osaka Castle Port] -- Osaka Castle Park -- (JR Osaka Loop Line 8 mins.) -- Tsuruhashi -- <Subway Sennichimae Line 15 mins.> -- Nipponbashi [Nipponbashi Electric Town][Sennichi-mae Doguya-suji] -- Nanba -- <Subway Yotsubashi Line or Chuo Line 25 mins.> -- Cosmosquare -- [Asia & Pacific Trade Center (ATC)][World Wine Museum][Cosmo Tower (Osaka World Trade Center Building/WTC)]

Osaka Castle

See the Tenshukaku (castle keep) of Osaka Castle. The inside of the castle has been made into a museum and there is even a corner where you can try on the costume of a warlord. A panoramic view of Osaka City can be seen from the observation deck on the 8th floor.

Osaka Castle harbor

Take a 60-minute cruise on the "Aqua Liner" waterbus from the Osaka Castle harbor. As the boat goes under the low bridges the boat roof is lowered.

Osaka is a "water city" where people and culture have interacted and developed by virtue of its waterfront since long ago. The aqua-bus "Aqua-Liner" is also a symbol of Osaka that aims to revive the water city.

Nipponbashi Electric Town and Sennichi-mae Doguya-suji

The town of commerce Osaka has many lively and unique shopping streets. Among them is Nipponbashi Electric Town, which is lined with shops that sell electric appliances like Tokyo's Akihabara. Sennichi-mae Doguya-suji street has an array of shops with items such as cooking utensils and food models, which make it fun just go look around.

ATC Asia and Pacific Trade Center and the Wine Museum

This area is filled with interesting spots including the "ATC Asia and Pacific Trade Center" and the "Wine Museum". When the sun goes down, enjoy the night view from the 55th floor of the "WTC Cosmo Tower".

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3rd Day