6 days in Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

6 days in Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

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6 days in Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: San Diego

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 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then meet the residents at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner .

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Kyoto. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then let the kids burn off some steam at Todagawa Kodomo Land, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip builder site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Todagawa Kodomo Land ©
Todagawa Kodomo Land

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip builder .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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