10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  11​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
You've added Yasaka Shrine, Kodai-ji Temple, Maruyama Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Uji (Byodoin & Uji River).

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Kyoto is a bit cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uji, Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens as well as Kobe Oji Zoo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Senko-ji Temple. Family-friendly places like Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Kids Plaza Osaka will thrill your kids. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi in Totsukawa-mura, about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kobe, Tanizeno Tsuribashi, Koyasan Danjo Garan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo

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