8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

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.
Get in touch with nature at Arima Onsen and Mt. Maya. Discover out-of-the-way places like PC and Retro Bar Space Station and Kitano-cho. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotonbori, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, and get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka online attractions planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka. In November, Osaka is cooler than Jakarta - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Kobe
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Kurama and Sanzen-in Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pontocho and Gion. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto route builder tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nara travel planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Joruri Temple, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Hase-dera Temple
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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