8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
End: Osaka

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.
You've now added Hōzen-ji Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
You've added Philosopher's Walk, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Monkey Park Iwatayama and Kyoto Aquarium. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Kyoto Aquarium ©
Kyoto Aquarium

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've added Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street, Hōzen-ji Temple, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Namba Parks, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary maker website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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