11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mt. Omine and Kofuku-ji Temple. Visiting Rokuen and Waterfall of Mino will get you outdoors. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Koyasan Okunoin in Koya-cho, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotonbori, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Waterfall of Mino, Mt. Omine, Koyasan Okunoin
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
day
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Oji Zoo, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe attractions planner.

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then relax and rejuvenate at SpaWorld, and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka travel planning app .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Baths

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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