12 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arima Onsen and Toshodaiji Temple. Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Venture out of the city with trips to Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kongobu-ji Temple, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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.
Ninna-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Mt. Kurama for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Yuki Shrine (in Tsu), Ise (Oharai-machi, Tsukiyominomiya, & more) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Nagoya, Uji, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Yuki Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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