11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and SpaWorld will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more) and KidZania Koshien (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka travel website .

George Town, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 9.5-hour 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. In December, Osaka is cooler than George Town - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, KidZania Koshien
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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