My Travel Itinerary - Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Travel Itinerary

This was a rough itinerary for our short stay in Kyoto. Feel free to use it and share it with your friends!  I'll try and condense this to a list with comments. Keep in mind we did a lot of exploring and shopping in between activities that aren't included in this post.

Day One (half day)
Kyoto is only about an hour away from Osaka by bullet train (which we used the JR Pass for), so we had some time to kill before we were allowed to check in to our Airbnb.

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I tried raw horse meat (above) for the first time at Musashi Sushi...

My Travel Itinerary - Osaka, Japan

Osaka Travel Itinerary

This was our rough itinerary for our short stay in Osaka. Feel free to use it and share it with your friends!  Keep in mind we did a lot of exploring and shopping in between activities that aren't included in this post.

Day One (just the evening)
We landed at Narita Airport in the afternoon and had to grab our portable wifi and JR passes (see my Japan travel tips post for more info), so we didn't get to Osaka until late evening. Not to mention the commute from NRT to where we were staying in Osaka was about 4.5 to 5 hours long.
  • Since it was already late in the evening, we just around Dotonbori (downtown area). Dotonbori was one our favourite areas of Osaka and a must-visit. This area is packed with stores, restaurants, people, and a lot of lights and activity. We went back every night because there was so much to explore.
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Photo by @itswillwong
Don't forget to visit the Glico man sign when you're in Dotonbori!

Tips and Things I've Learned While Travelling in Japan

Back in May, my friend Janice sent me a great Japan flight deal on Next Departure and I immediately jumped on it.

Since so many of my friends have been asking me recommendations, I decided to create this Japan blog series. The first post will contain a few things I learned and some tips for you, and the other posts will share the rough itineraries that Will and I followed while we were in Osaka, Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, and Tokyo.

A lot of my notes may be brief, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask me below.

BEFORE GOING TO JAPAN

Use Google's 'My Maps'

It might be a good idea to plot everything you want to do on a My Map. This will give you a good idea of how much travel you have to do and where you should stay. We used our map to figure out where the outliers were and decided whether those places were worth going to or not.

Where to stay

Airbnb (sign up now to get $40 credit) has a great map function you can zoom in/out of to locate which area you want to stay in. We recommend staying within walking distance of a subway station - preferably on the JR line if you plan on getting a JR Pass (below).

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