9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get your game on at PC and Retro Bar Space Station. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka vacation maker tool .

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. While traveling from Bangkok, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
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 Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Saihoji Temple, Gion, and other attractions.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
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Gion
Gion
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsuruma Park, Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya Castle, and other attractions you added. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Kinka and Mt. Kinkazan Squirrel Village. Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle and Takamu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Tokugawa Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Gifu
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Tsuruma Park ©
Tsuruma Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

few
hours
Osaka

Osaka
To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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