12 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 8 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Osaka

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kimono Experience Shop Wasobi, HK Club Q International Party Bar and MariCAR Osaka. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Eeyan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Dotonbori, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Koya-cho
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sun), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then wander the streets of Gion, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Fuuka-Kimono, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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