8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  20​h
End: New York City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the galleries of Hankyu Umeda Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take a stroll through Dotonbori, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip site .

New York City, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Osaka, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Arima Onsen
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

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.
Let the collections at Kyoto Railway Museum and Miho Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gion, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miho Museum, Lake Biwa
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Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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