7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h
End: Hong Kong

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Toshodai-ji Temple. For shopping fun, head to Hankyu Umeda Honten or Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in February, expect nights in Osaka to be colder, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple, Himeji Castle, Hase-dera Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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