11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Nara
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
End: Osaka

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), shop like a local with Shinsaibashi, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nara day trip planning tool .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji and then take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Osaka

Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and then find something for the whole family at SpaWorld.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Spas Baths
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Food Tours
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

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