12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
End: Osaka

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other attractions you added.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hankyu Umeda Main Store, Midosuji Street, Hōzen-ji Temple, and other attractions.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. On the 18th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuguji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple. On your second day here, stop by Tsuneoka Shoyu Jozo Honten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asuka-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanzan Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ikaruga-cho, Sakurai, Joruri Temple, Asuka-dera Temple, Tsuneoka Shoyu Jozo Honten
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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