10 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

10 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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10 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Toshodaiji Temple. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Kids Plaza Osaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Koyasan Danjo Garan), Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Otsuka Museum of Art
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Sarutahiko Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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