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

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + train + subway:  9​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


1
day
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 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka holiday planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, train, and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Museum of Oriental Ceramics ©
Museum of Oriental Ceramics

4
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.
Let the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and take in panoramic vistas at Kyoto Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online route planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara driving holiday site .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

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

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