7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Himeji Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toshodai-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour app.

Hong Kong, China to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hong Kong in February, plan for little chillier days in Osaka, with highs around 11°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle, Hase-dera Temple, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Genkoan.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to 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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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