9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hyogo Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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 (Sat): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka visit website .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rokkosan Field Athletic and Kobe Oji Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, let the kids burn off some steam at Akashi National Government Park, don't miss a visit to Tairyuji Temple, and examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Himeji
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Rokkosan Field Athletic ©
Rokkosan Field Athletic

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