11 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. There's more to do: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland and take a stroll through Ginza.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Nara Park. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, which is approximately 34 minutes away. It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and examine the collection at Naifs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle, Naifs
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
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.
On the 14th (Sat), shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahiyaki.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planning app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): wander the streets of Akihabara, then get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Takeshita Street, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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