10 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kobe
— 1 night

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Toji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Kyoto to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Sunset Owl Cafe and Nigatsu-do Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Soni Highland (in Soni-mura), Waterfall of Mino (in Mino) and Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nigatsu-do Temple, Soni Highland, Waterfall of Mino, Mitarai Valley
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Waterfall of Mino ©
Waterfall of Mino

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Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya and then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen and then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Baths
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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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