9 days in Osaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
night
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 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Shin Umeda City, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Osaka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bangkok to Osaka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in October; daily highs in Osaka reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kofuku-ji Temple
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa route planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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