5 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

5 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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5 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Koror, Koror Island
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Nara
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h
End: Koror, Koror Island

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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.
For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nara itinerary planner.

Koror, Palau to Nara is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Koror to Nara is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Koror in March, with highs in Nara at 15°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, and then make a trip to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. Traveling from Nara in March, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka travel itinerary creator.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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

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