11 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

11 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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11 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  2 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Naniwa
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h
End: Tokyo

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kaizu Osaki and Kamogawa River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Hanifu Shrine (in Takashima). Spend the 3rd (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Takashima, Hikone Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

5
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Yoshino and Katsuragi Highlands. Osaka Castle and Kinpusenji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Naniwa side-trips: Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya) and Tondabayashi Savor Farm (in Tondabayashi).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Naniwa travel site .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Naniwa takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Naniwa, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naniwa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Osaka, Yoshino-cho, Katsuragi Highlands, Mukogawa Valley, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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