5 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

5 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

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5 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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 22nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In October, Kyoto is colder than Dubai - with highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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 24th (Thu), get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

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Food Tours
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya and then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe sightseeing planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

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