8 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner .

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 to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, with highs in Kyoto at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 Nara (Nara Park, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, snap pictures at Tenjimbashi Bridge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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