11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 8 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

8
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 Umeda Sky Building, Pokemon Center Osaka, Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, and other attractions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kyoto (Arashiyama, Ryoanji Temple, & more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take a stroll through Gion. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

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