19 days in Uji, Otsu & Kyoto Itinerary

19 days in Uji, Otsu & Kyoto Itinerary

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19 days in Uji, Otsu & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Uji
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Otsu
— 4 nights
Train:  15​min
3
Kyoto
— 10 nights
Train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Explore Uji's surroundings by going to Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho) and Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, stroll through Japanese Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Uji trip itinerary builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Uji is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Uji is minus 1 hour. October in Uji sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Otsu.

Things to do in Uji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro, Chubu Park, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, Daimon-ji Temple
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Kongorin-ji Temple ©
Kongorin-ji Temple

4
nights
Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Change things up with these side-trips from Otsu: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Hachimambetsuin (in Omihachiman) and Gokashokondo Street (in Higashiomi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Bungatake, tee off at Seta Golf Course North Course, and don't miss a visit to Katsuragawa Sokusho Myououin.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Otsu trip tool .

You can drive from Uji to Otsu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Otsu

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Ise Grand Shrine, Hachimambetsuin, Gokashokondo Street
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Jishu Shrine ©
Jishu Shrine
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

10
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, & more), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Otsu. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji, Nara, Mt. Koya
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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