11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  10 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  11 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho), Nara (Rokuen & Nara Park) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Otsuka Museum of Art, Mt. Koya, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

6
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Tokugawa Art Museum and Kyoto National Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nagoya City Science Museum (in Nagoya), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Okageza (in Ise). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya, Todai-ji Temple, Waju no Sato, Okageza
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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