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[Itinerary] Japan Kansai + Hiroshima + Miyajima

Posted on 3 December 2011

Travel date: 27 Oct – 10 Nov 2010 (15 days)
Location: Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Koyasan) + Hiroshima + Miyajima
Season: Early autumn

Sharing the itinerary of my first solo trip, also my first trip to Japan. Nothing very out of the ordinary touristy places (it’s not perfect!) but I thought I want to keep a record of where did I go and what have I done in all those places. The joy of going through the photos and journal notes keeps me going as well – feels like tripping all over again!

The itinerary itself is quite relaxing, except the first few days in Kyoto – just too much to see in that beautiful place. It’s arranged in timely order and I’ll keep this post updated until individual posts are complete, which surely will take quite a while given the speed I’m at. Anyway, here it goes!


Day 1: Arrival @ Japan

  • Arrive at Kansai International Airport (KIX) at 4:10pm
  • Get JR passes and buy Sagano Romantic Train tickets in advanced
  • Jump on JR Airport Express Haruka and head to Kyoto (Kyoto station)
  • Check in to Capsule Ryokan Kyoto

Day 2: Some Eastern & Northern Kyoto

Day 3: Western (Arashiyama) & Central Kyoto

Day 4: More of Eastern Kyoto

Day 5: Southern Kyoto & Nara

Day 6: Koyasan (Mt Koya)

Day 7: Koyasan to Kobe

Day 8: Kobe

Day 9: Kobe to Hiroshima

  • Take JR Shinkansen Nozomi from Shin-Kobe station to Hiroshima station
  • Keep my big luggage in Hiroshima station locker
  • Check in to Hana Hostel
  • Peace Park
  • Wandering around in downtown Hiroshima
  • Back to Hana Hostel

Day 10: Hiroshima to Miyajima

  • Take JR ferry to Miyajima
  • Check in to Ryoso Kawaguchi 旅庄かわぐち
  • Mt Misen 弥山
  • Daishoin 大聖院
  • Floating Torii Gate
  • Back to Ryoso Kawaguchi for dinner

Day 11: Miyajima to Osaka

  • Itsukushima Shrine 厳島神社
  • Miyajima Omotesando shopping arcade
  • Take JR ferry back to Hiroshima, collect luggage from locker
  • Take JR Shinkansen Nozomi back to Kansai, Osaka
  • Check in to First Cabin (staying here for the rest of the days)
  • Wandering in Southern downtown of Osaka (Minami): Dotonbori 道頓堀, Shinsaibashi 心斎橋
  • Dinner at Kani Doraku かに道楽

Day 12: Church of Light & Umeda

  • Visit the Church of Light
  • To Northern downtown of Osaka (Kita): Umeda 梅田
  • Shopping centres
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Takimi-koji 滝見小路
  • Back to Minami: Dinner

Day 13: Osaka Bay Area

  • To Bay Area: Kaiyukan 海遊館 (Osaka Aquarium)
  • Tempozan Market Place & Ferris Wheel
  • Back to Minami again: Dinner

Day 14: Osaka Castle & Otaku Shopping

  • Osaka Castle 大阪城
  • Nipponbashi Den-Den Town 日本橋でんでんタウン
  • Dinner at Duboraya Fugu づぽらや ふぐ

Day 15: Leaving Japan

  • Take OCAT bus to KIX
  • Sky View observation deck
  • Depart @ 5pm

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