11 days in Osaka, Kobe & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kobe & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kobe & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Osaka

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool ©
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool

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.
On the 8th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kobe Animal Kingdom, then take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki, then get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kobe Oji Zoo, then meet the residents at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, and then stroll through Suma Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kobe trip itinerary planning site .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Awaji, Amore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom

3
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.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in September, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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