8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
End: Osaka

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 CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Daisenryo Ancient Tomb, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namba Yasaka Shrine, make a trip to Kuromon Market, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sakai, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 list of things to see and do now includes Gion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto National Museum, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Todai-ji Temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Don Quijote, Rinku Premium Outlets, Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Don Quijote. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Rinku Premium Outlets, Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Don Quijote ©
Don Quijote

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