5 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

5 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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5 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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

1
day
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 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nifrel.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Tokyo to Osaka is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Nifrel
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Nifrel ©
Nifrel
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nara using our trip planner.

Nara is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 17°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Gion
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

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