7 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

7 days in Nara, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nara driving holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nara is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nara. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, expect Nara to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive 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

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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, don't miss a visit to Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 21st (Fri), stop by Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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