9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  1​h
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, make a trip to Shinsekai, buy something for everyone on your list at Namba Parks, don't miss a visit to Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, then look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and finally get all the information you need at Tourex Soemoncho.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
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), look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nara visit planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto National Museum and Hosomi Museum. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, stop by Horando, Togetsukyo Honten, and stroll through Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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