Thinking to do something different in your next Kansai Trip?
Worry about you don't have enough time to visit all the places you want to see in your trip? One good suggestion for you is to rent a car and you can access to all the places you plan to go easily and comfortably.
Today, we have a 2 Days 1 Night Road Trip in Kansai recommend to you!!
Recommended Road Trip in Kansai - 2 Days Model Course
1. Kaisai Airport
Pick up your rental car at the NISSAN Kansai Airport outlet
2. Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Visit the longest suspension bridge in the world
3. Eshima Ohashi Bridge
Visit the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan. Look! How steep it is!
(Check in at a business hotel near Tottori Station)
Incredible view of the Tottori Sand Dunes
Visit one of the best three scenic views in Japan!
Welcome to the NISSAN Rent A Car Outlet at the Kansai Airport
The rental car we choose today is the NISSAN SERENA. This famous series has always adhered to being spacious, flexible and comfortable! Don't worry about the communication, English speaking staff is available here.
Car Rental Reminder
*Reservation in advance is provided
2) International Driving Permit
3) Check the vehicle with the staff before departure
4) Rent a ETC card
About the ETC-Equipped Vehicles
Rental service only available according to the availability of vehicles.
- Accept both cash or credit cards
With the GPS system, you don't have to worry about getting lost in your ways
Now the English GPS system is equipped in NISSAN vehicles, and you can simply use the Map Code to search for your destination. How easy is that!
Function 1: Navi Menu on the main screen
English can be found on the main menu and parts of the sub-menu
- Destination Search (by address)
- Destination Search (by telephone number)
Function 2: Sound guidance
After you set your destination, you can hear English sound guidance
(Note: Road signs and Map are displayed in Japanese only)
(You can request for the English GPS Navigation Manual when you make your reservation)
The Best Choice For You and Your Family - NISSAN SERENA
Look how spacious the trunk is! It's great for groups with many luggage. Moreover, it is a hybrid vehicle, so you can save a lot on gas!
Driving Wheel: Front/Fulltime 4WD
Fuel consumption: 13.6km/L
Total Displacement: 2,000cc
Gas Tank: 60L
6 hours - 14,256 yen / 12 hours - 15,336 yen /
24 hours - 20,520 yen / Additional Day - 15,336 yen
Extra Hour: 2,160 yen
(Note: Information above is just for reference. Conditions vary according to outlets.)
*NISSAN Rent A Car - Reservation Page (English)
About filling the gasoline
Please note that you can find these 3 common kinds of gas in Japan
Red color - Regular (Remember to use this kind for your rental car!)
Yellow color - Hi-octane Gasoline
Green color - Light oil
Gas station accepts cash and credit cards too!
The World's Longest Suspension Bridge - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a suspension bridge which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. The bridge is 3,911 meters long and it has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world at 1,991 meters. Moreover, the main supporting towers rise 298.3 meters tall which makes it the third tallest supporting tower in the world!
Because the lights on the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge look like a pearl necklace to the locals, that's why the bridge is also called the "Pearl Bridge"!
Wataru Kun is waiting for you to visit him! He will help you to take a nice picture in return :)
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
MAP CODE：31 169 063 * 6
Eshima Ohashi Bridge
Eshima Ohashi Bridge connects Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture and Matsue in Shimane Prefecture over the Nakaumi Lake.
What is special about this bridge?
Images of Eshima Ohashi Bridge is widely circulated on the internet because it looks very steep in the pictures!! Actually................it is not that steep at all! The actual measurement, in fact, it's only 3.44 degrees on Tottori side and only 2.86 degrees on Shimane side!
We need to use the optical illusion technique to take such wonderful picture.
Actually it is very simple to take that picture! Just use a telescope lens and take it at a far distance where you can compress the views of the front and behind, plus taking it with a good angle, then you can make such an amazing picture too!
Eshima Ohashi Bridge
MAP CODE：109 639 847 * 4
The Biggest Sand Dunes in Japan - Tottori Sand Dunes
Just input the Map Code of Tottori Sand Dunes, the GPS Navigation System will take you here safely! How easy is that! Parking space can be found near the Tottori Sand Dunes.
Motorcycle: 200 yen
Private Car: 500 yen
Mini-bus: 1,000 yen
Bus: 2,000 yen
(Parking fees is collected for park operation and maintenance)
Tottori Sand Dunes
MAP CODE：125 733 773 * 15
Homepage (Japanese): http://sakyu.city.tottori.tottori.jp/
Yes, there is actually a desert in Japan! It is located in Tottori Prefecture, and the width of the dune system is about 16 km long while the length of it is about 2 km long. We suggest you to walk barefoot all the way up to the top of the sand dunes to get the best view from there!!
About Tottori Sand Dunes
1) Wind Pattern
Best time to visit Tottori Sand Dunes is the time with wind speed 5 to 6 km
Sand is blown by the strong wind and it forms what the locals call Suribachi (like a bowl)
3) Sand Curtain
Sand is sliding down the sand dunes which looks just like a sand curtain!
4) Sunset at the sand dunes
Don't miss the red-gold colored sky and the deep blue ocean during sunset . A gorgeous view that you can't miss!
Other activities at the sand dunes
Camel Riding Experience
Location: Near the entrance of the Tottori Sand Dunes
Hours: 09:30 -16:30 (Dec to Feb, 10:00 - 16:00)
*Closed on rainy and windy days
Picture with the camel (your own camera) 500 yen / person
Souvenir Picture with the camel 1,300 / person, 2,500 / 2 persons
Zero Paraglider School
Hours: 09:00 - 19:00
Kyoto Air Sports
One of the Best 3 Scenic Views in Japan - Amanohashidate
The best location to see the Amanohashidate is from the View Land where you can find a observatory, restaurants and even a Ferris-wheel!! You can go to Amanohashidate View Land by cable cars or monorail train.
Amanohashidate View Land
MAP CODE：197 172 814 * 3
Ticket Price: 850 yen for adults, 450 yen for children
- Amanohashidate is known as a place to do "Matanozoki (view between your two legs)".
- Can you see a drgaon climbing into the sky?
- You will see the land and sky upside down, and the view just looks like a dragon climbing into the sky! That's why the view from here is called "Hiryukan" (view of the flying dragon)!
Last Stop - Return Your Rental Car
When you pick up your car, you can just simply ask the staff to help you enter the outlet as your home destination in the GPS Navigation System, then you can just choose it and it will show you the way back to the outlet!
Before you return your rental car, please remember:
1) Fill up the gasoline to full tank
2) Check the vehicle again (any scratches / damages etc.)
3) Throw away the garbage
4) Take all your personal belongings with you (mobile phones, charger etc)
A Road Trip in Kansai
Actually when we talk about Kansai, you may think of Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama these famous sightseeing spots. In addition to the places we introduced you today, why don't you add these places to your road trip next time! Make your perfect and unique Kansai trip by renting a car!!
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