4 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

4 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10 h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Singapore

1
night
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 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Dotombori, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

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

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of 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 February, with highs in Osaka at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, The World Money Box Museum
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
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 7th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, then hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday maker app.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): walk around Nara Park and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nara holiday maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In February, daytime highs in Nara are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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