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: Bacolod, Negros Island
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
End: Bacolod, Negros Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Bacolod, Philippines to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bacolod to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nara holiday planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kizugawa
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning site .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in October, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Senko-ji Temple ©
Senko-ji Temple

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