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:  2​h 45​min
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): admire the majestic nature at Minamitemma Park, then examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, then identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan, and finally don't miss a visit to Nifrel.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning website .

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 Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nigatsu-do Urasando.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara itinerary planner.

Nara is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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): see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kurama, then admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey maker tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Miho Museum
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Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River

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