31 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

31 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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31 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  30​min
1
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 26 nights
End: Osaka

2
nights
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 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nara sightseeing planner .

Osaka to Nara is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine, and then take a stroll through Gion. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chionin Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. Traveling from Nara in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

26
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Nishinomiya (Shukugawa Park, Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama), & more). Pack the 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hirakata Park. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka tour planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Nishinomiya, Koya-cho, Suita, Izumisano
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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