9 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

9 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Bus:  15 h 15 min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Seoul

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Kurama and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple and steep yourself in history at Genkoan.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route site.

Brisbane, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Kyoto is minus 1 hour. In January, Kyoto is colder than Brisbane - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

5
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.
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Hase-dera Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. Step out of Osaka to go to Kobe and see Arima Onsen, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Dotombori, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip website.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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