9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, Umeda Sky Building, HEP FIVE, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, Osaka is slightly colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
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.
Plan my Nara trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, The Bamboo Forest Trail and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Let the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center capture your imagination. Visit Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Nara Park, & more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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