18 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

18 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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18 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kyoto
1
Kyoto
— 14 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
End: Kyoto

14
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.
Haru Cooking Class has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route builder .

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka online vacation builder .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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