6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hirakata Itinerary

6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Hirakata Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Naha
Fly:  2 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Hirakata
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Naha

2
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.
You've now added Tsutenkaku to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Naha to Osaka is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Naha in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of 76°F. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

1
night
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.
You've now added Kinkaku-ji to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Maiko Antiques Kyoto, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hirakata.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple

1
night
Hirakata

Hirakata ©
Hirakata is a city in northeastern Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hirakata Park. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Hirakata Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hirakata trip builder site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hirakata by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Hirakata are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hirakata

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nagaoka Tenmangu, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Settsukyo Park, Iwashimizu Hachimangu
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Hirakata Park ©
Hirakata Park
Iwashimizu Hachimangu ©
Iwashimizu Hachimangu
Nagaoka Tenmangu ©
Nagaoka Tenmangu

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