13 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
+2
Subway + Fly + Train:  10 h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Subway:  10 h
End: Singapore

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10- hour combination of subway, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning site.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
day
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is very close to Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Baths
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Ryusen-in Temple) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). Enjoy Osaka some more: make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, and admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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