6 days in Kobe, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

6 days in Kobe, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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6 days in Kobe, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Bus:  10 h 15 min
1
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  10 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and finally kick back and relax at Suma Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kobe driving holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kobe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kobe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect Kobe to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Nishinomiya Shrine
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Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka route builder site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
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Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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