17 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

17 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Nara Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Kyoto — 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Muko Shrine in Muko--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Saihoji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Barcelona to Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Osaka — 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Himeji Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kodai-in Temple & Mt. Koya), Katsuraki ni Imasu Hono Ikazuchi Shrine (Fuefuki Shrine) (in Katsuragi) and Himeji (Koko-en & Shoshazan Engyoji). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and soak in some Japanese tradition at SpaWorld.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
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Nara — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Yamanobe Street and Sango Town Water Park. Take a break from Nara with a short trip to Meihan Sportsland in Yamazoe-mura, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO, examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Nara, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
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