6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka travel itinerary planner .

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 difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In May, Osaka is slightly colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally stop by Musubi Kyoto.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

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

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