40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

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40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Uji
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Fukuchiyama
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Nagaokakyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kashiba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Osaka
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

6
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura), Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, and explore the activities along Saho River.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nara. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Nara at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uda, Sakurai, Yamatokoriyama, Kizugawa, Takaminosato
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

5
nights
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uji: Mt. Konze (in Ritto), Moku Moku Farm (in Iga) and Koka (Miho Museum, Gyokkei-ji Temple, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Byodoin, get to know the fascinating history of Asahiyaki, explore the activities along Uji River, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple.

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Uji is just a short distance from Nara. December in Uji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koka, Joyo, Uda-gun, Mt. Konze, Konozan Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Soni Highland ©
Soni Highland
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Mito Shrine ©
Mito Shrine

8
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Jishu Shrine in Otsu, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Uji. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Otsu
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

5
nights
Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama ©
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuchiyama side-trips: Tamba (Ganryu-ji Temple & Tashinji Temple), Sasayama (Tamba Toji Brewery Museum, Unitopia Sasayama, & more) and Kyotanba-cho (Shitsumi Shogakko & Kute Shrine). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoiwato Shrine, take in the views from Kitasuisan Bridge, and engage your brain at Terra Dorm.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuchiyama trip builder website .

Getting from Kyoto to Fukuchiyama by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fukuchiyama: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nagaokakyo.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Parks Historic Sites Classes

Side Trips

Maizuru, Tanba Sasayama, Tamba, Kyotanba-cho, Banshu Kiyomizu-dera (Saigoku the 25th Fudasho)
Highlights from your plan
Gorogadake Park ©
Gorogadake Park
Tashinji Temple ©
Tashinji Temple
Amanoiwato Shrine ©
Amanoiwato Shrine

4
nights
Nagaokakyo

Nagaokakyo ©
Nagaokakyo is known for historic sites, breweries & distilleries, parks, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Nishiyama Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwashimizu Hachimangu, sample the fine beverages at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and make a trip to Chochikukyo.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagaokakyo online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Fukuchiyama to Nagaokakyo takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fukuchiyama in January, you will find days in Nagaokakyo are a bit warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kashiba.

Things to do in Nagaokakyo

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Otokuni-gun, Yawata, Muko, Mishima-gun
Highlights from your plan
Iwashimizu Hachimangu ©
Iwashimizu Hachimangu
Suntory Kyoto Brewery ©
Suntory Kyoto Brewery
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

3
nights
Kashiba

Kashiba ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kashiba: Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera) and Gose (Katsuragi Highlands & Kuhonji).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kashiba online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Nagaokakyo to Kashiba takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kashiba

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Katsuragi, Gose, Umami-kyuryo Park, Taketori Park, The Kuzuharas House
Highlights from your plan
Taketori Park ©
Taketori Park
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Konda Hachiman Shrine ©
Konda Hachiman Shrine

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at SpaWorld, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kashiba to Osaka in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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