11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Senko-ji Temple, Shinsekai and Abeno Harukas. Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Step out of Osaka to go to Koya-cho and see Mt. Koya, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kodai-ji Temple, Fushimi Sake Village, Daigo-ji Temple, and other attractions. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto driving holiday planning website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. 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

2
nights
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 as well as Sanmachi Suji. On the 13th (Fri), make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take a stroll through Sakae, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21. Keep things going the next day: stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nagoya journey builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. 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 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sanmachi Suji, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Inuyama Castle
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Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, walk around Nara Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planning tool .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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