4 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

4 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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4 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: London

1
day
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.
On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey planner .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Osaka, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

2
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.
On the 31st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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