10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

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10 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nara Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in January, expect Osaka to be cooler, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden and then don't miss a visit to Byodoin.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nara road trip app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. January in Nara sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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