11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Kobe
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 3 nights

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.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, thensee the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka vacation planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Suzuka to see Suzuka Circuit about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Suzuka Circuit, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Suzuka Circuit ©
Suzuka Circuit
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kobe trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kobe sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 26th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Shin Umeda City. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, thenadmire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka tour builder.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
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SpaWorld

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