6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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hours
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.
To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker site .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District, Tofuku-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at The Bamboo Forest Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara tour planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minami (Namba) as well as Namba City. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a stroll through Minami (Namba) and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, buy something for everyone on your list at Namba City, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online attractions planner .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Nara in October, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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