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: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
End: Osaka

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner .

If you are flying in from Indonesia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): go for a walk through Arashiyama and then snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Gion, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kyoto Aquarium.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Gion
Gion
Kyoto Aquarium ©
Kyoto Aquarium
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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 29th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then let the kids burn off some steam at Suma Rikyu Park, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kobe day trip app .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Awaji Highway Oasis
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom

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