10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  3 h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and take a stroll through Dotombori.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planning website.

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Osaka is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Hosomi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
nights
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.
Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Nara Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda), Kashihara (The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture & Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka) and Kurozuka Kofun Museum (in Tenri). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Byodoin, examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, and engage your brain at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In January, daytime highs in Nara are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kashihara, Kusuri no Yakata, Byodoin, The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, Kurozuka Kofun Museum
Highlights from your plan
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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