6 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Itinerary

6 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Itinerary

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6 days in Osaka Prefecture & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong

3
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 13th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online itinerary planner .

Hong Kong, China to Osaka is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hong Kong in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji 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 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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