6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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6 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Senko-ji Temple as well as Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip website .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in April, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maruyama Park, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Arashiyama. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Araki Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll around Nara Park and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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