Nara, Kobe, Wakayama day trips from Osaka or from Kyoto?
Yesterday I have made one of the fastest decisions in my life: booked a flight to Osaka (KIX) after I saw the cheap airfare without knowing anything about travelling to Japan and the Kansai region!
This is my very early draft itinerary (only me and hubby). I just want to make sure that the route that I take is ok and could save time, especially travelling cost by rail.
We want to make this trip a relaxed one and we don’t mind walking long distance since the weather is cool in November. We prefer to walk outdoors, admire the beautiful autumn foliage and we are not keen on indoors i.e. museum, exhibition, etc.
Travel date: 8 November 2018 to 19 November 2018
Day 1 (8 Nov): evening flight to Osaka (KIX)
Day 2 (9 Nov): reach KIX about 7am > take train to Kyoto > check in hostel > explore the city (to plan for places to go later) > overnight in Kyoto
Day 3 (10 Nov): Kyoto sightseeing (to plan for places to go later) > overnight in Kyoto
Day 4 (11 Nov): Kyoto sightseeing (to plan for places to go later) > overnight in Kyoto
Day 5 (12 Nov): check out hostel > take train to Osaka > check in hostel in Osaka > lunch > explore the city > overnight in Osaka
Day 6 (13 Nov): Universal Studios (it’s on Tuesday, we hope the crowd will be lesser)
Day 7 (14 Nov): Wake up a bit later due to full day at USJ > Osaka sightseeing and shopping
Day 8 (15 Nov): Day trip to Nara
Day 9 (16 Nov): Day trip to Kobe or Wakayama? Which one is better?
Day 10 (17 Nov): Osaka sightseeing, shopping
Day 11 (18 Nov): Osaka sightseeing, shopping
Day 12 (19 Nov): check out hostel early in morning for 1030am flight back home > take train to KIX
From the dates above, would I be able to catch the beautiful autumn foliage at Kyoto, Nara and Osaka? Is the rough itinerary above ok and makes sense?