12 days in Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Kyoto Itinerary

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Kyoto
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. You'll explore and learn at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and The Little Indigo Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Hankyu Umeda Gallery, Mint Museum, & more), Alphonse Mucha Museum (in Sakai) and Ibaraki (Ibaraki City Cultural Museum, Senso-ji Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Wakasa History Museum, see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, make a trip to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Ibaraki, Kobe, Nara, Kameyama
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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