13 days in Osaka, Nagoya & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Nagoya & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka, Nagoya & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Osaka

5
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Akamon Oneribei (in Nishinomiya), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Koko-en, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honko-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Hakutakarokusuien.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Himeji, Nishinomiya, Honko-ji Temple, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Shibagaki Shrine
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, stroll through Goyosuiato Gaien, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in February, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Kuwana, Toba Aquarium
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Ryogin-an Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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