18 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

18 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai attractions planner

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Kyoto
— 14 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive

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Kyoto

— 14 nights
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 Haru Cooking Class. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 15:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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, then make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18: