8 days in Kyoto, Kobe & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Kyoto, Kobe & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Osaka
Train:  30 min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
End: Osaka

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gio-ji Temple and Jojakkoji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Nishi Honganji. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto route website.

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), fly down the slopes at Rokkosan Ski Area, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kobe day trip planning app.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In February, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Museums
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Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

3
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 hidden gems such as Mt. Wakakusa and Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building. Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Minami (Namba). Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building ©
Bank of Japan Osaka Branch Old Building

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