11 days in Osaka, Kobe & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kobe & Kyoto Itinerary

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Start: Perth
Fly:  16 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Perth

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Mt. Wakakusa. Visiting Nara Park and Waterfall of Mino will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and visit Minami (Namba).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

Perth, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In January, Osaka is cooler than Perth - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

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Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Waterfall of Mino
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hit the slopes at Rokkosan Ski Area, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, thenindulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and finally stop by Kobe Frantz, Shin Kobe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, thensee the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt. Kurama and Toji. Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Kamogawa River. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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