10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 night
+3
train + Fly + foot + ferry:  10​h 30​min
End: Boracay

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Daimon, Mt. Koya, & more), Wakayama (Kuroshio Market, Porto Europe, & more) and Rinku Premium Outlets (in Izumisano). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kongo, and contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka holiday site .

Boracay, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In December, Osaka is much colder than Boracay - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Wakayama, Tanizeno Tsuribashi, Kinpusenji Temple, Mt. Kongo
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Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Porto Europe ©
Porto Europe
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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.
Kids will enjoy Moku Moku Farm and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nango Suisan Center (in Otsu) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, and admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Moku Moku Farm, Byodoin, Nango Suisan Center
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Moku Moku Farm ©
Moku Moku Farm
Kyoto Aquarium ©
Kyoto Aquarium

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Enshoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shoryakuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koninji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obitoke Temple, then steep yourself in history at Naramachi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoki-ji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoki-ji Temple
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Naramachi ©
Naramachi
Koninji Temple ©
Koninji Temple
Shoryakuji Temple ©
Shoryakuji Temple

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