13 days in Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture & Nara Itinerary

13 days in Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture & Nara Itinerary

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13 days in Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture & Nara Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nene-no-Michi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maruyama Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chionin Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki).

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Kyoto is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Kyoto at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nishiki Market ©
Nishiki Market
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
day
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 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinyakushiji Temple, then sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara driving holiday planner .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Nature

Side Trips

Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Osaka Castle, Nifrel, HEP FIVE観覧車, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then get in on the family fun at Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, then get outside with La Santa Maria, and finally get great views at Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Nifrel, then explore the wide array of goods at Osaka Station City, then don't miss a visit to HEP FIVE観覧車, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Dotombori River.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka travel route planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nifrel
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Osaka Station City ©
Osaka Station City
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji as well as Tenryuji Temple. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Midosuji Street. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Rinku Premium Outlets (in Izumisano) and Cup Noodle Mueseum (in Ikeda). Explore Osaka further: enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

Discover how to plan a Osaka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. Traveling from Nara in April, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Rinku Premium Outlets
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street

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