15 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

15 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

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15 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

Start: Kyoto
1
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
End: Nara

7
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.
You've added Ginkakuji Candy Shop, Kennin-ji Temple, Yumekyoto, Kodaiji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route maker tool .

If you are flying in from Argentina, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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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 ©
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Kobe
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

3
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.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, then stop by Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip maker .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple, Byodoin
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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