9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Nara
— Few hours
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, Tourex Soemoncho, Namba Parks, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, make a trip to Shinsekai, browse the different shops at Namba Parks, shop like a local with Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, thenstop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and finally get all the information you need at Tourex Soemoncho.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Osaka at °C and lows at °C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street ©
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

few
hours
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 17th (Tue), stroll around Nara Park, thencontemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Station Building, Nishiki Market Shopping District, Tofuku-ji Temple, and other attractions. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and look for gifts at Horando, Togetsukyo Honten.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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