12 days in Kyoto, Wakayama & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Kyoto, Wakayama & Osaka Itinerary

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12 days in Kyoto, Wakayama & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Wakayama
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

5
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

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 changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Singapore in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 27°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Wakayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): browse the exhibits of Kii Fudoki No Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore, then examine the collection at Kao Eco Lab Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wakaura Tenmangu, and finally explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wakayama trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Wakayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Wakayama sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Museums
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Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Wakaura Tenmangu ©
Wakaura Tenmangu

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle), Nara (Nara Park & Kasuga Grand Shrine) and Koya-cho (Kodai-in Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, cool off at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning app .

Getting from Wakayama to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Wakayama in November since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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