8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  9​h 30​min
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  30​min
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
Nara
— 1 night
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Dotonbori.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia to Osaka. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Petaling Jaya to Osaka. Traveling from Petaling Jaya in January, expect Osaka to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

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Dotonbori
Osaka Castle
Museum of Oriental Ceramics

4
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Heian Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Fushimi Inari Taisha. The adventure continues: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Philosopher's Walk, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kyoto Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Kiyomizu-dera

1
day
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 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tōdai-ji, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

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Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

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Nara Park
Tōdai-ji
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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