12 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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12 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

6
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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Sakae. Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise), Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Atsuta). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and admire the sheer force of Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Kyoto reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Ise Shrine Geku, Amanohashidate, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Pontocho ©
Pontocho
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura ©
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arima Onsen and Mt. Koya. Take a break from the city and head to Waterfall of Mino and Mt. Maya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, and make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka route website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe, Nishinomiya Shrine, Waterfall of Mino
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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