11 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Manila, Luzon

6
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.
Let the collections at Kids Plaza Osaka and Daimaru Museum Umeda capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Nara Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda), Arima Onsen (in Kita) and Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Osaka is 1 hour. In December, Osaka is colder than Manila - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Nishinomiya Shrine, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Nanzen-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. There's much more to do: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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