8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights

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 13th (Fri), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, thensteep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, thenwander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, thenmake a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-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 Osaka. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect Osaka to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, thencontemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Take a break from the city and head to Yamazaki River and Gozaisho-dake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Arimatsu no Machinami. Venture out of the city with trips to Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa), Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (in Tajimi) and Spas (in Kuwana). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and take a stroll through Sakae.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Nagoya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Naegi Castle Ruins, Gozaisho-dake, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Spas
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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