10 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

10 days in Osaka, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13 h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, buy something for everyone on your list at Tempozan Market Place, stop by Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
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.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara holiday planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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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 still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

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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