13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder website .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In April, Osaka is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara travel app .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho) has been added to your itinerary. Head to Nishiki Market and Kyoto Station Buildingfor some retail therapy. Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes America Mura, Kuromon Market, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions you added. Explore Osaka further: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online day trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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