10 days in Tatsuno-machi, Hyogo Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Tatsuno-machi, Hyogo Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

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Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Tatsuno-machi
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Tatsuno-machi
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Drive
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Yabu
— 1 day
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Tatsuno-machi — 1 night

On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Niekawa Sekisyo Kiso Kokokan, take in nature's colorful creations at Akasoba no Sato, then examine the collection at Tatsuno Museum, and finally go for a walk through Kojinyama Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tatsuno-machi sightseeing planner.

Cairns, Australia to Tatsuno-machi is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairns to Tatsuno-machi due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in January; daily highs in Tatsuno-machi reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Yabu.
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Parks · Museums
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Yabu — 1 day

Yabu is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.As of April 2017, the city has an estimate population of 24,489 people, with 9,572 households, and a population density of 58 persons per km². On the 12th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls and then fly down the slopes at Hachi Highlands.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yabu trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Tatsuno-machi to Yabu takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Tatsuno-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yabu, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Himeji.
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Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
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Himeji — 1 night

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, make a trip to Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Yabu to Himeji in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yabu in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Parks
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Osaka — 5 nights

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
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Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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