40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nara
— 6 nights
2
Uji
— 5 nights
3
Kyoto
— 8 nights
4
Fukuchiyama
— 5 nights
5
Nagaokakyo
— 4 nights
6
Kashiba
— 3 nights
7
Osaka
— 7 nights

6
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho), Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura) and Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara attractions planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In December, Nara is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Uji.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Uda, Kizugawa, Yamatokoriyama, Sakurai, Ishitera Tea Plantation
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

5
nights
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Moku Moku Farm (in Iga), Koka (Miho Museum, Gyokkei-ji Temple, &more) and Mt. Konze (in Ritto). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Byodoin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Konozan Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arami Shrine, and take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Uji online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Uji in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koka, Joyo, Soni Highland, Yamadaike Park, Zenjoji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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Yamadaike Park ©
Yamadaike Park
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple ©
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple

8
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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Imperial Villa, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Uji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Enryaku-ji Shakado
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 3:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

5
nights
Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama ©
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuchiyama: Kyotanba-cho (Shitsumi Shogakko & Kute Shrine), Tanba Sasayama (Tamba Toji Brewery Museum, Unitopia Sasayama, &more) and Tamba (Ganryu-ji Temple & Tashinji Temple). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Onitakeinari Shrine, engage your brain at Terra Dorm, stroll around Kitaharima Yokamura Park, and don't miss a visit to Kitasui Tunnel.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fukuchiyama trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fukuchiyama takes 2 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fukuchiyama: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nagaokakyo.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maizuru, Tanba Sasayama, Kyotanba-cho, Tamba, Kitaharima Yokamura Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Gorogadake Park ©
Gorogadake Park
Amanoiwato Shrine
Amanoiwato Shrine
Choanji Temple ©
Choanji Temple

4
nights
Nagaokakyo

Nagaokakyo ©
Nagaokakyo is known for historic sites, breweries & distilleries, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyoji Temple, make a trip to Chochikukyo, take in the pleasant sights at Takenomichi, and contemplate the long history of Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagaokakyo tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Fukuchiyama to Nagaokakyo in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fukuchiyama in January: highs in Nagaokakyo hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kashiba.

Things to do in Nagaokakyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Oyamazaki-cho, Yawata, Muko, Shimamoto-cho
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Iwashimizu Hachimangu ©
Iwashimizu Hachimangu
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art ©
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
Shokado Garden Art Museum ©
Shokado Garden Art Museum

3
nights
Kashiba

Kashiba ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kashiba: Gose (Katsuragi Highlands & Kuhonji).

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You can drive from Nagaokakyo to Kashiba in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kashiba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Katsuragi, Gose, Umami-kyuryo Park, Konda Hachiman Shrine, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Umami-kyuryo Park ©
Umami-kyuryo Park
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Konda Hachiman Shrine ©
Konda Hachiman Shrine

7
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 Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kashiba to Osaka takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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