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
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  11 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
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.
Visiting Nara Park and Arima Onsen will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Kids Plaza Osaka will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Kawasaki Good Times World (in Chuo), CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka visit planner.

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 when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe, Nara, Sakurai, Kashihara Jingu
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikone (玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 & Hikone Castle) and Ise (Oharai-machi & Ise Shrine Geku). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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