11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Koyasan Okunoin and Mt. Omine are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Kuchu Teien Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Rokuen) and Waterfall of Mino (in Mino). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotombori District and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Osaka is 1 hour. In December, Osaka is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Koyasan Okunoin, Waterfall of Mino, Mt. Omine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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 19th (Thu): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Baths · Spas
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, find something for the whole family at SpaWorld, and then make a trip to Kuromon Market. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Baths · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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