7 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

7 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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7 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nara day trip site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nara is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nara due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, expect Nara to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train 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

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 21st (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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