7 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

7 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

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7 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  11​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsenen, Kyoto Fun and Hands On Kyoto. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app .

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. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect Kyoto to be cooler, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsekai. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Shinsekai and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsekai ©
Shinsekai

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