9 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

9 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

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9 days in Kyoto, Nara & Osaka Itinerary

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

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Free Tour of Kyoto, Shinkyogoku Shopping District, Bamboo Forest Street, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shinkyogoku Shopping District, see the top attractions with Free Tour of Kyoto, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Nishiki Market, then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip planner .

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
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 2nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nara holiday planner .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Dotonbori. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda (in Ikeda), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mount Koyasan) and Kobe (Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), Chinatown (Nankinmachi), & more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku, and make a trip to Ebisu Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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