9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hakone-machi Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
3
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
End: Osaka

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.
You've added Shitennoji Temple, Shin Umeda City, Kuchu Teien Observatory, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a stroll through Dotonbori. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Shitennoji Temple, then admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, then don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning app .

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time 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
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenryuji Temple as well as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lake Kawaguchi, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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