Most of tourists come to Kyoto.
At least two full days are needed to get a taste of Kyoto.
However, if you have a time and want to stretch your legs a bit,
you can enjoy another side of Japan in other wonderful areas near Kyoto.
This time, we will introduce 10 recommend places around Kyoto to visit on a day trip.
Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area next Tokyo.
It is known as a city of “kuidaore,” which translates literally as “eat till you drop.”
A total change of pace from the calm atmosphere in Kyoto, with its shrines and temples, the lively streets of Osaka are bustling with activity.
Osaka has an abundance of great food and sightseeing spots, and Osaka Station is a mere 30 minutes away from Kyoto Station.
【 Highlight 】
Osaka castle , Kuromo Market , Universal Studios Japan , Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan , Sumiyoshi Taisha , Osaka Museum of History , Umeda Sky Building
2. Fushimi & Uji area
Fushimi and Uji is in Kyoto prefecture. but each area has own particular culture.
Fushimi is famous for Japanese Sake (Nihon-shu). The district is home to nearly 40 sake breweries.
Alongside Kobe’s Nada District, Fushimi has been the leading sake brewing districts in Japan.
Uji is famous a for Byodoin Temple, a world heritage site which is also used as the design on 10 Japanese yen coins.
Uji city is also one of the main tea growing areas in Japan.
Green tea and matcha (powdered green tea) produced here in Uji city are famous for their quality not only in Japan also all over the world.
It takes only 20min ~ 30min from Kyoto station to both area.
Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka.
Nara is famous for sights like the Todaiji Buddha(Japan’s oldest and largest temples), which is registered as a World Heritage Site.
The history of Nara is even longer than Kyoto’s, and the city has a peaceful atmosphere which is very alluring.
You can play with many deer in Nara Park.
Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries.
Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki and Hakodate.
There are quite a few foreign influences.
Kobe Beef is a prized Japanese delicacy and probably the most widely-known regional specialty food in Japan.
And the night view from the Mt. Rokko in Kobe is called “Ten Million Dollar Night View”
Let’s enjoy to see beautiful ocean or night view from Mt. Rokko, and to eat special Kobe beef.
【 Highlight 】
China town(Nankin Machi), Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, Kobe Harborland, Mt. Maya, Mt. Rokko, Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Beef, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Nada Sake area
Himeji is most famous for its magnificent castle, Himeji Castle, widely considered to be Japan’s most beautiful surviving feudal castle.
The castle is designated both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site.
With half a million inhabitants, Himeji is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe.
It can be reached in less than one hour from Osaka or Kyoto and is also a popular stopover on journeys along the Shinkansen.
6. Miyama (Kayabuki no Sato)
The thatched village is the most visited attraction in Miyama.
Almost the whole village is composed of old thatched houses and is carefully maintained as a cultural heritage site.
You can walk around the village and enjoy the atmosphere and the breathtaking views of the thatched roofs with a mountain backdrop.
To get the best atmosphere and avoid the crowds get here early in the morning of later in the day.
【If you are using public transport】
Take a train to Sonobe JR from Kyoto JR which takes 46 minutes.
There are busses, but they are very infrequent and not easy to negotiate unless you are used to travelling in Japan.
Most accommodations will come and pick up you from Sonobe if you arrange it with them in advance.
It takes a little extra effort to get here, but the rewards are worth it.
The beautiful countryside and traditional way of life offer a unique experience of the real Japan.
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Amanohashidate is a pine covered sandbar that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in the scenic, coastal region of northern Kyoto Prefecture.
Viewed from the mountains at either end of the bay, the Amanohashidate Sandbar (which roughly translates to “bridge in heaven”) looks like a pathway between heaven and earth.
The scene has been admired for centuries and is ranked among Japan’s three most scenic views.
Several other attractions can be explored on foot or by rental bicycle at either end of the sandbar.
They include a couple of temples, a shrine, a small amusement park and observation decks from which to enjoy the view. Visitors can further take sightseeing cruises around the bay or enjoy the sand beaches along the sandbar.
You can go to there by train or bus.
But it takes more than 2 hours. So you should leave Kyoto early in the morning!
8. Arima (Onsen village)
Arima-Onsen is a famous hot spring town within the city limits of Kobe, but on the opposite side of Mount Rokko from the city center.
The town lies in a natural mountain setting, yet is close enough for Kobe and Osaka residents as an easy and popular day trip or weekend getaway.
Although Arima Onsen has a modern look today and is pretty built up, one can still find several narrow lanes and wooden buildings when strolling around the center of town.
Due to its compact size, the small town can be explored entirely on foot, and there are several hot spring sources, nice temples and shrines and a small hot spring museum (200 yen) to be discovered.
Visitors to Arima Onsen can enjoy hot spring bathing at two public bath houses or at the town’s many ryokan.
Several ryokan open their baths also to non-staying visitors during the day.
The admission fee for a daytrip visit to a bath typically ranges between 500 to 2500 yen.
It takes about 1 hour from Kyoto!!
9. Koka Ninja Village
The Koka Ninja Village is one of Koka City’s ninja-related attractions, along with the Ninja House.
The village is remote, rural and has a somewhat rundown compound housing a collection of old dwellings in a forest.
In one of the houses, a staff demonstration is given to illustrate its various trapdoors and hidden compartments.
Other interesting features at the village include a shuriken (throwing star) throwing range and a nine stage obstacle course in which one can, for example, try to walk on water or scale walls with tools devised by the ninja.
There is also a simple museum at the village displaying various manuals and tools utilized by the Koka Ninja in the past.
It takes about 30 minutes to walk from Koka Station to the Ninja Village.
A free shuttle bus may be waiting for the arrival of visitors at the north entrance of Koka Station.
If the bus is not present, visitors may call 0748-88-5000 to request to be fetched.
Alternatively, a taxi ride takes about ten minutes and should not cost more than 1500 yen one way.
Hikone Castle is a National Treasure and counted among the greatest castles in the world.
It took around 20 years to build, and was completed in 1622.
Extremely beautiful when illuminated by moonlight, it is one of the Eight Views of Lake Biwa.
The so-called “Water Castle” once stood alongside Lake Biwa and the inner lake, and its waterways were also used for the transport of goods to the town.
Hints of it can still be seen everywhere, from the area name “Funamachi” (meaning “Boat Town”) to the remains of wharfs and houses belonging to boatmen that can be found along the canals.
Always thronging with houseboats, the canals remain a place of relaxation for the residents of Shiga even today.
If you want to see Japanese castle with a relaxing atmosphere, it’s good idea to go here.
Because there are not so many tourists.
Please enjoy your time with small beautiful castle here.