8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Dotombori, and finally stop by Minami (Namba).

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Osaka is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in April; daily highs in Osaka reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and then look for gifts at Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nara trip builder site.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. April in Nara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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