8 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Mimurotoji Temple and Mt. Kurama will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shimogamo Jinja and Kennin-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Pontocho.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Kyoto is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
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Toji ©
Toji
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Hase-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kongobu-ji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Arima Onsen (in Kobe), Nara (Toshodaiji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Dotonbori, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and take in the exciting artwork at Daimaru Museum Umeda.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planning tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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