A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Osaka vs. Kyoto for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Osaka or Kyoto?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Osaka or Kyoto, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Osaka or Kyoto?

Osaka

The third largest city in Japan, Osaka has a lot to offer travelers. It's at the center of the Kansai region, and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. The city sits at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay and is a major commercial hub for the country.

Osaka has a humid subtropical climate with four seasons. The winters are mild with January temperatures having an average high of almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is very rare. Springs start cool and become hot and humid. This is also the wettest season with the rainiest time being between May and early July. Summers are hot and humid with July temperatures climbing into the high 90s Fahrenheit. The fall season becomes cooler as winter approaches.

Kyoto

Kyoto is a larger city of Japan, though it is very much set in the old ways. With quiet temples, sublime gardens, colorful shrines, and geisha walking amidst a city surrounded by stunning mountains, Kyoto feels like a world of another time and place. True to ancient Japanese tradition, most aspects of daily life are tied closely with the changing of the seasons.

Which city is cheaper, Kyoto or Osaka?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Osaka is $74, while the average daily cost in Kyoto is $76. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Osaka and Kyoto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Osaka $38
    Kyoto $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Osaka $76
    Kyoto $90
Compare Hotels in Osaka and Kyoto

Looking for a hotel in Osaka or Kyoto? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Osaka


Hotels in Kyoto


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Osaka Hotel Prices and Kyoto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Osaka $13
    Kyoto $7.67
Typical Local Transportation prices in Osaka

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Osaka:


  • Subway
    $8.63

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Osaka

Also for Osaka, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Airport Transfer from Osaka city to Kansai airport: $105
  • Departure Private Transfer from Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX by Minivan: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer from Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX by Sedan Car: $119
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car: $218
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van: $269
  • Japan Private Airport Transfer from Osaka City to Kansai Airport(KIX): $168
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Arrival Transfer : Shin Osaka Station to Osaka City: $25
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Departure Transfer : Osaka to Shin Osaka Station: $25
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018: $323
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019: $398
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019: $398
  • Kansai Airport to/from Osaka City: Private Transfer Service: $200

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kyoto

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kyoto:

  • Shared Departure Transfer: Kyoto City to Osaka Itami Airport: $101
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Kyoto City to Kansai International Airport: $101
  • Private departure transfer from Kyoto city to Osaka Itami International airport: $112
  • Private departure transfer from Kyoto city to Kansai International airport: $148
  • Private Departure Transfer : Kyoto City to Kansai International Airport: $364
  • Osaka Private Transfer from Itami Airport (ITM) to central Osaka: $314
  • Osaka ITM Airport to Kyoto Center door to door Private Transfer 6 seats Alphard: $334
  • One-Way Private Transfer Between Kyoto and Mount Koya: $406
  • Private Transfer to/from Chubu Centrair Airport: $359
  • Kansai Airport to/from Osaka/Kyoto/Sakai - Shared Transfer: $83
  • KIX Airport to Kyoto Center Arashiyama door to door Private Transfer Alphard: $393
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from KYOTO) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019: $430

Is it cheaper to fly into Osaka or Kyoto?

Prices for flights to both Kyoto and Osaka change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Osaka $22
    Kyoto $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Osaka

For Osaka, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Street Food Tour Around Dotonburi Canal: $9.84
  • Takoyaki Cooking Class: $13
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Namba, Osaka: $30
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Temma, Osaka: $30
  • (Online)Popular Japanese pancake and miso soup cooking: $31
  • 2-Hour Kuromon Market Walking Street Food Tour: $36
  • Local Secrets Food Tour in Osaka: $37
  • Osaka Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience!: $40
  • Walkabout Food Tour in Osaka: $43
  • Okonomiyaki Cooking, The Heart of Osaka: $57
  • Lunch Box Bento Set Cooking: $74
  • Home Cooking Class: $76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kyoto

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kyoto.

  • Online Cooking Experience ~ Vegan Taco rice!! ~ high protein and low carbohydrate: $35
  • Nishiki Market Breakfast Walking Food Tour: $43
  • Private Japanese Cooking Lesson and Lunch: $60
  • Authentic Seasonal Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with a Charming Local in Kyoto: $62
  • Morning Japanese Bento Cooking Class: $70
  • Kyoto Cooking Class: $74
  • Sushi or Obanzai Cooking and Matcha with a Kyoto Native in her Home: $74
  • Ramen Cooking Class at Ramen Factory in Kyoto: $76
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local in a Beautiful Wooden House in Kyoto: $78
  • Ramen Cooking class: $81
  • Nishiki Market Food Tour in Kyoto: $83
  • Bento Box Cooking Class: $86

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Osaka $16
    Kyoto $14
Typical Entertainment prices in Osaka

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Osaka's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Osaka Aquarium (for 2)
    $33

Tours and Activities in Osaka

For Osaka, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 【Special Sale】Virtual Osaka Dotonbori & Ebisu Bridge Walking Tour: $6.89
  • Osaka Dotonbori Wonder Cruise: $9.84
  • Osaka Bay : Sightseeing Cruise: $14
  • General Admission ticket to ABENO HARUKAS in Osaka: $15
  • Osaka virtual tour: $15
  • Skip the Line: Kids Plaza Osaka Admission Ticket: $17
  • HARUKAS 300 Observatory E-Ticket: $20
  • Livestream Virtual Tour of Osaka Castle Park: $22
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Osaka Admission Tickets: $23
  • Real Kimono experience and Tsumami Kanzashi Workshop: $24
  • Livestream Virtual Tour of Osaka's Minami Area: $28
  • Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass: $30

Tours and Activities in Kyoto

Here are a few actual costs in Kyoto for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • (Day Time) Fushimi Inari & Nara Highlights Tour: $113
  • (Early Bird) Fushimi Inari & Nara Highlights Tour: $113
  • 1 Day Character Private Kyoto Tour - English Speaking Driver: $776
  • 1 Day Hiking Tour in the Mountains of Kyoto: $162
  • 1-Day Bus Tour from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe (with Halal Meals): $125
  • 1-Day Hiroshima & Miyajima Tour (Round-trip from Kyoto): $379
  • 1-Day Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tour: $118
  • 1-Day Kyoto Private Custom Tour from Osaka by Chartered Vehicle: $831
  • 1.5 Hours Kyoto Insider Sake Experience: $62
  • 10 Must-see Spots in Kyoto One Day Private Tour: $393
  • 12-Hour Sightseeing Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe: $94
  • 2-Hour KENDO Experience in Kyoto: $59

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Osaka $10
    Kyoto $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Osaka

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Osaka:

  • Osaka Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $20
  • Private Tour - Fashionable Pub Crawl at Osaka, Enjoy the Japanese Alcohol!: $98

Sample the Local Flavors in Kyoto

Also in Kyoto, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting: $61
  • Sake Brewery Tour: $81
  • Kyoto Sake Brewery & Tasting Walking Tour: $93
  • Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour with Lunch: $191
  • Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour: $193
  • Fushimi Private One Day tour/ Sake brewery & Geisha lunch: $1,210


When comparing the travel costs between Osaka and Kyoto, we can see that Kyoto is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Asia, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Osaka or Kyoto?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Osaka or Kyoto in the Summer?

Both Kyoto and Osaka during the summer are popular places to visit.

In July, Osaka is generally around the same temperature as Kyoto. Temperatures in Osaka average around 28°C (82°F), and Kyoto stays around 27°C (81°F).

In the summer, Osaka often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kyoto. Osaka gets 183 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kyoto receives 183 hours of full sun.

Kyoto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Osaka. Osaka usually gets less rain in July than Kyoto. Osaka gets 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 236 mm (9.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Osaka 28°C (82°F) 
    Kyoto 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Kyoto in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Osaka and Kyoto.

Osaka is around the same temperature as Kyoto in the autumn. The temperature in Osaka is usually 19°C (66°F) in October, and Kyoto stays around 18°C (64°F).

Osaka usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kyoto during autumn. Osaka gets 159 hours of sunny skies, while Kyoto receives 159 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Kyoto receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Osaka gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Osaka usually receives around the same amount of rain as Kyoto. Osaka gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 111 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Osaka 19°C (66°F) 
    Kyoto 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Kyoto in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Osaka as well as Kyoto.

Kyoto can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Osaka is a little warmer than Kyoto. Typically, the winter temperatures in Osaka in January are around 6°C (42°F), and Kyoto is about 5°C (40°F).

In the winter, Osaka often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kyoto. Osaka gets 140 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kyoto receives 140 hours of full sun.

Osaka usually gets less rain in January than Kyoto. Osaka gets 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Osaka 6°C (42°F) 
    Kyoto 5°C (40°F)

Should I visit Osaka or Kyoto in the Spring?

Both Kyoto and Osaka are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In April, Osaka is generally around the same temperature as Kyoto. Temperatures in Osaka average around 15°C (59°F), and Kyoto stays around 14°C (58°F).

Osaka usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kyoto during spring. Osaka gets 176 hours of sunny skies, while Kyoto receives 176 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kyoto. It's quite rainy in Osaka. In April, Osaka usually receives less rain than Kyoto. Osaka gets 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Osaka 15°C (59°F) 
    Kyoto 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Kyoto and Osaka

Osaka Kyoto
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 46 mm (1.8 in) 5°C (40°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Feb 6°C (43°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Mar 9°C (48°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 8°C (47°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 137 mm (5.4 in) 14°C (58°F) 153 mm (6 in)
May 20°C (67°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 19°C (67°F) 154 mm (6 in)
Jun 24°C (74°F) 204 mm (8 in) 23°C (73°F) 251 mm (9.9 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 157 mm (6.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 236 mm (9.3 in)
Aug 29°C (84°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 29°C (83°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in) 24°C (75°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Nov 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)


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