7 days in Osaka, Nara Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Osaka, Nara Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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7 days in Osaka, Nara Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly:  4​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then don't miss a visit to Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and finally shop like a local with Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

Cebu City, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cebu City to Osaka is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cebu City in November; daily highs in Osaka reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Isuien Garden as well as Kasuga Grand (Taisha) Shrine. On the 4th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tōdai-ji, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand (Taisha) Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary builder.

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Midosuji Street, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Shinsaibashi, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): make a trip to Kuromon Ichiba Market and then take some stellar pictures from Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of Midosuji Street, make a trip to Shitennoji, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then browse the different shops at Namba Parks, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip generator.

Cebu City, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cebu City to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cebu City in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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 Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari Taisha and Shugakuin Imperial Villa. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Shugakuin Imperial Villa.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

Kyoto is very close to Nara. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Tofuku-ji Temple has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tofuku-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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