14 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nikko Itinerary

14 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nikko Itinerary

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14 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Nikko Itinerary

Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 15​min
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
Nikko
— 3 nights
train + tram + Fly:  13​h 30​min
Singapore

5
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Tōdai-ji & Nara Park) and Koya-cho (Mount Koyasan & Okunoin). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
days
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, religious sites, sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, get advice or help at Fushimi Inari Taisha, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha ©
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

3
days
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Nikko is known for nature, religious sites, historic sites, sightseeing, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikkō Tōshō-gū, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History Museum, and snap pictures at Shinkyo.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Nikko by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikkō Tōshō-gū ©
Nikkō Tōshō-gū
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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