4 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

4 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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4 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour itinerary website .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Manila in September, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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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 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Asahiyaki.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Museums
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Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Jikko Cutlery, The World Money Box Museum
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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