7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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