40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

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Nara
— 6 nights
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Uji
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive
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Fukuchiyama
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nagaokakyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kashiba
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Nara

Ancient City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine), Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura) and Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara attractions planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In December, Nara is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Uji.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Todai-ji Temple ©
World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7
Nara Park ©
Wildlife Area
Nara Park
4.5
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4

5
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Uji

Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Konze (in Ritto), Moku Moku Farm (in Iga) and Koka (Miho Museum, Gyokkei-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Byodoin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Konozan Mountain, go for a walk through Yamadaike Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mito Shrine.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uji online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Uji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Uji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Yamadaike Park ©
Scenic Walking Area
Yamadaike Park
4.2
Byodoin ©
Historic Site
Byodoin
4.4

8
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Imperial Villa, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Uji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Arashiyama ©
Neighborhood
Arashiyama
4.3

5
nights
Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuchiyama: Tamba (Ganryu-ji Temple & Tashinji Temple), Tanba Sasayama (Tamba Toji Brewery Museum, Unitopia Sasayama, &more) and Kyotanba-cho (Shitsumi Shogakko & Kute Shrine). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onitakeinari Shrine, don't miss a visit to Banshu Kiyomizu-dera (Saigoku the 25th Fudasho), stroll around Kitaharima Yokamura Park, and engage your brain at Terra Dorm.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fukuchiyama trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Fukuchiyama in 2 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect nights in Fukuchiyama to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagaokakyo.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Classes

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Amanoiwato Shrine
Religious Site
Amanoiwato Shrine
4.8
Tashinji Temple ©
Religious Site
Tashinji Temple
4.6

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Nagaokakyo

Nagaokakyo is known for historic sites, breweries & distilleries, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyoji Temple, make a trip to Chochikukyo, take in the pleasant sights at Takenomichi, and contemplate the long history of Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagaokakyo tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Fukuchiyama to Nagaokakyo in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fukuchiyama in January: highs in Nagaokakyo hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kashiba.

Things to do in Nagaokakyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

3
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Kashiba

Step out of Kashiba with an excursion to Kuhonji in Gose--about 11h 30 min away.

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Traveling by car from Nagaokakyo to Kashiba takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kashiba are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kashiba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Horyu-ji Temple ©
World heritage site
Horyu-ji Temple
4.5

7
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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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kashiba to Osaka takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
Dotombori District ©
Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

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