11 days in Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

11 days in Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Miyazu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Nishinomiya Shrine, Kashihara Jingu, Arima Onsen
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Kashihara Jingu ©
Kashihara Jingu

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at NaraKimono Rental Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple, Joruri Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanabiki Waterfall, look for gifts at Surumeya, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, then steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya, and finally learn about winemaking at Amanohashidate Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannonji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoiwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onitakeinari Shrine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Miyazu Catholic Church.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Miyazu trip tool .

Getting from Nara to Miyazu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Miyazu, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fukuchiyama, Ine no Funaya
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Miyazu Catholic Church ©
Miyazu Catholic Church
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto holiday app .

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Miyazu in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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