13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kobe Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kobe Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 9 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Osaka

9
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 off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Harvest Hill Agricultural Market Matakiteya (in Sakai), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Koyasan Danjo Garan) and Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Ryoanji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka route planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kyoto, RACTAB Dome, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Harvest Hill Agricultural Market Matakiteya
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 7th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nara online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
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.
On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Awaji Farm Park England Hill, Mt Shosha hiking
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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