8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kasuga Grand Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple. Popular historic sites such as Ishibutai Tomb and Yakushi-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Sanda Furusato Learning Museum (in Sanda), Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) (in Kobe) and Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets (in Kita). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, explore the ancient world of Fujiwara Ancient Palace Ruin, contemplate the long history of Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building, and don't miss a visit to Genjojizaka.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Kashihara, Sanda Furusato Learning Museum, Ishibutai Tomb
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kashihara Jingu ©
Kashihara Jingu

4
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.
Kennin-ji Temple and Kifune-jinja Shrine will appeal to museum buffs. Tofuku-ji Temple and Goma no Sato are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Metasequoia Namiki (in Takashima), Fukusho-in Temple (in Otsu) and Takenami Beach (in Mihama-cho). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wakasa Wada Beach, contemplate the long history of Genku-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nippon Showa Ongakumura Eguchi Yoshi Memorial Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Honganji.

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Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fukusho-in Temple, Nippon Showa Ongakumura Eguchi Yoshi Memorial Hall, Takenami Beach, Goma no Sato, Wakasa Wada Beach
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kifune Shrine ©
Kifune Shrine

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