9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Osaka reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take an in-depth tour of Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and finally make a trip to Nishiki Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 21st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Hankyu Umeda Gallery, see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and finally shop like a local with Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

Start your trip to Osaka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, The World Money Box Museum
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

1
day
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 23rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), then get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally shop like a local with Kobe Harborland.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe online vacation planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

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