10 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

10 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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10 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsutenkaku, Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, browse the different shops at Tempozan Market Place, then try out the rides at Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

5
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.
You've added Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Tenryuji Temple, Sagano Romantic Train, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Uji
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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