40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

40 days in Nara Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture & Osaka Itinerary

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

— 6 nights

Ancient City

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: Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho). 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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:

Uji

— 5 nights
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 Mt. Konze (in Ritto), Koka (Miho Museum, Gyokkei-ji Temple, &more) and Moku Moku Farm (in Iga). 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 · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Kyoto

— 8 nights
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 · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 3:

Fukuchiyama

— 5 nights
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuchiyama: Tanba Sasayama (Tamba Toji Brewery Museum, Unitopia Sasayama, &more), Tamba (Ganryu-ji Temple & Tashinji Temple) and Kyotanba-cho (Shitsumi Shogakko & Kute Shrine). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onitakeinari Shrine, don't miss a visit to Banshu Kiyomizu-dera (Saigoku the 25th Fudasho), take in the views from Kitasuisan Bridge, and stroll around Kitaharima Yokamura Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuchiyama itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fukuchiyama takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you will find days in Fukuchiyama are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagaokakyo.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Nagaokakyo

— 4 nights
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, contemplate the long history of Iwashimizu Hachimangu, take in the pleasant sights at Takenomichi, and make a trip to Chochikukyo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagaokakyo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fukuchiyama to Nagaokakyo takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fukuchiyama in January, expect nights in Nagaokakyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kashiba.

Things to do in Nagaokakyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Kashiba

— 3 nights
Step out of Kashiba with an excursion to Kuhonji in Gose--about 11h 30 min away.

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Traveling by car from Nagaokakyo to Kashiba takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kashiba are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kashiba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Osaka

— 7 nights
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 Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka journey builder app.

You can drive from Kashiba to Osaka in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 22:

Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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