5 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

5 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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5 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
End: Osaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka journey maker tool .

Tokyo to Osaka is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Visit Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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