13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes America Mura, Information Shinsekai Hondori Shopping Street, Kuromon Market, and other attractions you added.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka visit planning site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, with highs in Osaka at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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America Mura ©
America Mura
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara travel app .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pokemon Center Kyoto as well as Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho). Head to Nishiki Market and Kyoto Station Buildingfor some retail therapy. Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Redhorse Osaka Wheel, Umeda Sky Building, Tennoji Zoo, and other attractions you added. For shopping fun, head to Minami (Namba) or Universal City Walk Osaka. Explore Osaka further: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Redhorse Osaka Wheel
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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