10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly + Train:  11 h 30 min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nanzen-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Ise (Oharai-machi & Ise Shrine Geku). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Kyoto to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ise
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotombori and Nigatsu-do Temple. Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Hase-dera Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Koyasan Danjo Garan (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, stop by Minami (Namba), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions app.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Koya-cho, Horyu-ji Temple, Arima Onsen
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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