7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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7 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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.
You've added Universal City Walk Osaka, Mint Museum, Dotonbori, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Tenjinzaka. Nara Park and Hozenji Yokocho are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip site .

Honolulu, USA to Osaka is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Honolulu to Osaka, you'll lose 19 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Osaka is slightly colder than Honolulu - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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 Pokemon Center Kyoto, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Nishiki Market, and other attractions you added.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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