10 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

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10 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  11​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Gion, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions you added.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kyoto. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. You will leave for Nara on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todaiji Temple Cultural Center as well as Kofuku-ji Temple. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tōdai-ji, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nara trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. December in Nara sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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've added Cup Noodle Mueseum, Shin Umeda City, OCAT(Osaka City Air Terminal), and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, and admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka travel planning site .

Osaka is very close to Nara. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Pokemon Center Osaka ©
Pokemon Center Osaka
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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