7 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Himeji Itinerary

7 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Himeji Itinerary

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Osaka
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Kyoto
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Himeji
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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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, learn the tricks of the trade with Eat Osaka, shop like a local with Dotombori District, then get a taste of local nightlife at Taste Osaka, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Backstreet Osaka Tours. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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 Cycle Kyoto. On the 30th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then pedal to the sights with Cycle Kyoto. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, pause for some photo ops at Momotaro Statue, then make a trip to Otemae Street, and finally pause for some photo ops at Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Himeji online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Okayama
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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