6 days in Kyoto, Kuwana & Osaka Itinerary

6 days in Kyoto, Kuwana & Osaka Itinerary

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6 days in Kyoto, Kuwana & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  11​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kuwana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Kuwana.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Kuwana

Kuwana ©
The historic town of Kuwana stands as one of the 53 post stations that dotted the route between Kyoto and Edo (as Tokyo was then known) during the Edo period.
On the 24th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Nagashima Spa Land, admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and then walk around Chubu Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kuwana journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kuwana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kuwana hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kuwana

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Chubu Park
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Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato

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 25th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planner.

You can drive from Kuwana to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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

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