23 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nagoya Itinerary

23 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nagoya Itinerary

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23 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Kyoto
1
Kyoto
— 16 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
End: Kyoto

16
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Byodoin (in Uji), Iwakura Valley (in Iga) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Otsu, Uji, Takenomichi, Himure Hachimangu, Amanohashidate
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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 ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take a stroll through Dotonbori, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Ise (Okage Yokocho & Ise Grand Shrine). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone Castle
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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