11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 1 night

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shinsekai, Osaka tenmangu shrine, Abeno Harukas, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Minami (Namba). Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Mt. Koya in Koya-cho, about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Osaka reach °C and lows reach °C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mt. Koya, Himeji Castle, Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
You've added Shijo Dori, Daigo-ji Temple, Tofuku-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, visit Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, SCMAGLEV and Railway Park and Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, thentake a stroll through Sakae, thenmake a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally browse the different shops at Oasis 21. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online tour planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market
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Sakae
Sakae
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in December, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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