60 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

60 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai travel route planner

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Kyoto
— 26 nights
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Osaka
— 19 nights
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Nara
— 13 nights
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Kyoto

— 26 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nintendo Original Building. Visiting Hero Tour Japan and Ume Sakura will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Otsu (Tokai Jiyuhodo & Aqua Biwa), Miho Museum (in Koka) and Miyazu (Bentenyama Observatory, Amanohashidate, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Barcelona in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Osaka

— 19 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Nomura and Minami (Namba). Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Sayamaike Museum (in Osakasayama), Kao Eco Lab Museum (in Wakayama) and Chikatsu Asuka Museum (in Kanan-cho). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara

— 13 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Konozan Mountain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Nara National Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Matsusaka (Cultural Asset Center Haniwakan, Matsuura Takeshiro Memorial Museum, &more), Kashihara (Kashihara Children's Science Museum, The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, &more) and Asuka-mura (Kitora Tomb Hekiga Taikenkan Shijin no Yakata, Asuka Historical Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, take an in-depth tour of Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, and browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips