Sample Osaka-Nara-Kyoto Itinerary (with Costs)

The Kansai Region is the perfect destination if it’s your first time in Japan. It is rich in cultural heritage, evident in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot its map, yet its biggest city, Osaka, also feels undoubtedly modern and futuristic. It also prepares you for the craziness and fast pace of Tokyo, if you also plan on paying the capital a visit.


This itinerary will take you to three of Kansai’s biggest tourist destinations: Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. This involves spending your nights in Osaka and Kyoto and visiting Nara only on a day trip from Osaka. This also assumes you’re a party of 2, staying in a double room and splitting the cost. Please make the necessary adjustments to match your conditions.

If you follow this 5-day itinerary, prepare to shell out up to ¥45,000 (USD400, PHP20,000) excluding airfare. That already has a big margin. Better overestimate than under. You can still bring down the cost by staying in a dorm instead or going to the grocery/supermarket for food instead of restaurants. (Yep, the numbers here assume you’re eating out each time.)

If you need more help planning your Osaka-Kyoto trip, this post is for you: Osaka and Kyoto Travel Guide

Day 0
07:55pm – Arrival at Kansai Airport
10:30pm – Check-in at the hotel

Day 1 – OSAKA
07:00am – Wake up
09:00am – Osaka Castle
12:30nn – Lunch at Endo Sushi
03:00pm – Umeda Sky Building
06:30pm – Tempozan Ferris Wheel
08:30pm – Dotonbori

Day 2 – NARA
07:00am – Wake up
08:00am – Travel to Nara
09:00am – Start DIY Walking Tour: Sarusawa-ike Pond, Kofuku-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Yoshikien Garden, Todai-ji Temple
01:00pm – Lunch
02:30pm – Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Shinyakushi-ji Temple, Naramachi
05:30pm – Travel back to Osaka
06:30pm – Dinner

Day 3 – KYOTO
07:00am – Wake up
08:00am – Travel to Kyoto
10:00am – Check in at hotel
11:30am – Lunch
01:30pm – Fushimi Inari Shrine
06:00pm – Gion District
08:30pm – Dinner

Day 4 – KYOTO
06:00am – Wake up
09:00am – Arashiyama
12:00nn – Lunch
02:30pm – Golden Pavilion

Day 5
07:00am – Check out
09:30am – Toei Movie Studio Park or Universal Studios Japan
04:00pm – Travel to airport
08:30pm – Flight out


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Universal Studios Japan

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Kyoto Tower

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Where to Book Tours

The budget estimate above is based on DIY. But if you want to join day tours instead, you can too. This way you have a travel guide so you could appreciate the significance and history of the sites better and some transfers/transportation too.

Kyoto Day Tour from Osaka

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Nara Afternoon Tour from Osaka

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