7 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Himeji Itinerary

7 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Himeji Itinerary

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7 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Himeji Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
End: Osaka

1
night
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.
You've added Eat Osaka, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Backstreet Osaka Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Kyoto (Arashiyama, Gion, & more) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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've now added Cycle Kyoto to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then catch all the local highlights with Cycle Kyoto. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Himeji Castle to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then appreciate the history behind Momotaro Statue, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally appreciate the history behind Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica).

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Okayama
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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