10 days in Fukuoka, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Fukuoka, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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10 days in Fukuoka, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Train:  3 h
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
End: Osaka

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and then browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka tour itinerary planning website .

Osaka to Fukuoka is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Dazaifu Tenman-gu
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then make a trip to Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation maker .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

Make your Osaka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Mt. Koya, Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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