9 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

9 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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9 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Philosopher's Walk and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari Taisha. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera, take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa, get outside with Arashiyama, and get a sense of history and politics at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 16th (Sun), wander the streets of Dotonbori. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka vacation builder.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 18th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Osaka

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Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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