3 days in Nara, Kyoto & Iga Itinerary

3 days in Nara, Kyoto & Iga Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Osaka
Train:  45 min
1
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1 h
3
Iga
— 1 day
train:  2 h
End: Osaka

1
day
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.
On the 29th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip website.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also drive. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

2
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.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in June, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Iga.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
day
Iga

Iga ©
Iga is a city located in central Kii Peninsula, in the mountainous western Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 95,137 and a population density of 170 persons per km2. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Iga Ueno Castle, stroll around Ueno Park, contemplate the long history of Haiseiden, then don't miss a visit to Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Iga vacation builder tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Iga in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Iga can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Iga Ueno Castle ©
Iga Ueno Castle
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum ©
Iga-ryu Ninja Museum

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