7 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

7 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

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7 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + train:  19​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Kita
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
4
Naniwa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

2
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 International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Kyoto is 15 hours. While traveling from Mexico City, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara trip app .

Nara is just a short distance from Kyoto. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kita.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

few
hours
Kita

Kita
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kita trip website .

Kita is just a short distance from Nara. In December, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll set off for Naniwa on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and then take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Naniwa road trip planning tool .

Naniwa is very close to Kita. In December, daytime highs in Naniwa are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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