10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokugawa Art Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Ise and see Okageza, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Gion, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Jakarta to Kyoto, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Kyoto to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Okageza, Tokugawa Art Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

5
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.
Let the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center capture your imagination. Head to Dotonbori and Daimaru Museum Umedafor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Jikko Cutlery, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, The World Money Box Museum, Jikko Cutlery, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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