11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 4 nights
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 day by day itinerary now includes Akashi Kaikyo Bridge as well as Dotombori District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Kobe Harborland (in Kobe). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka journey builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Singapore in September: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: visit Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kobe

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago) and Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, kick back and relax at Suma Beach, make a trip to Ishoan, and wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kobe, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips