10 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Hagi Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Hagi Itinerary

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10 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Hagi Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  2​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Hagi
— 1 day
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, stop by Shimada Shoten, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka journey builder .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hagi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Hagi

Hagi ©
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle), steep yourself in history at Former House of Yamamura Family, make a trip to Shoka Village School, then steep yourself in history at Birth Place of Shoin Yoshida, and finally contemplate the long history of Yukawa Family Old Residence.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hagi online route builder .

You can drive from Osaka to Hagi in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in May: highs in Hagi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hagi

Historic Sites
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Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle) ©
Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle)

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