13 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Mt. Koya has been added to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Himeji Castle. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara National Museum (in Nara), Jikko Cutlery (in Sakai) and Higashinada (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Fashion Museum). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hama no Sampomichi Cycling Road, and see the interesting displays at Mint Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary website .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, expect Osaka to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Hama no Sampomichi Cycling Road, Mt. Koya, Jikko Cutlery
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Ryoanji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Uji (Asahiyaki & Byodoin). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Uji
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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