4 days in Kyoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

4 days in Kyoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kansai travel route planner

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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planning app.

Manila, Philippines to Kyoto is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Manila in September, with highs in Kyoto at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

Make your Nara itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Nara, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka visit website.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Monuments
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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