7 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

7 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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7 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market, Arashiyama, Toji, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shimogamo Jinja and Kennin-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, and get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online attractions planner .

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
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 Grand Front Osaka, Midosuji Street and Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street. Head to Dotonbori and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kobe Harborland and Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Change things up with a short trip to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum in Kobe (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka journey planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe
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Grand Front Osaka ©
Grand Front Osaka
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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