16 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

16 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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16 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Valencia
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Kita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  28​h
End: Valencia

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Head to Dotonbori and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Shinsaibashi. Take a break from Kita with a short trip to Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach in Ashiya, about 46 minutes away.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kita trip builder tool .

Valencia, Spain to Kita is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Valencia to Kita, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valencia in November: highs in Kita hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
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 28th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nara tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Kita to Nara takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

8
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Tanoura Beach and Wakasa Wada Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kyoto National Museum. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Chinatown (Nankinmachi)) and Kehi no Matsubara (in Tsuruga). There's much more to do: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tsuruga, Kobe, Wakasa Wada Beach
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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