5 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Kobe Itinerary

5 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Kobe Itinerary

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5 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 26th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October; daily highs in Osaka reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

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Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum ©
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
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 29th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kobe road trip site .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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