8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Nara
— 1 day
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Osaka
— 1 night

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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 now added Hōzen-ji Temple to your itinerary.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing planning tool.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. December in Osaka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip website.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

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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 Philosopher's Walk, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and other attractions you added. Bring the kids along to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, meet the residents at Monkey Park Iwatayama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kyoto Aquarium.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will leave for Osaka on the 20th (Fri).

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
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street, Hōzen-ji Temple, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the different shops at Namba Parks, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, thenshop like a local with Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to 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
Namba Parks ©
Namba Parks

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