11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Gladstone
Fly:  26​h
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Gladstone

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arima Onsen and Hitokura Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Mint Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Ise (Ise Shrine Geku & Sarutahiko Shrine) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Gladstone, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Gladstone in March, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Ise, Sakurai, Muroji Temple
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Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Visit Tofuku-ji Temple and Ninna-ji Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Pontocho.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple
Daigo-ji Temple ©
Daigo-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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