11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Jokiin, Mt. Koya, &more), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Koko-en, &more) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planning site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Nara, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Hitokotonushi Shrine
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Okageza & Ise Grand Shrine) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto attractions site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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