12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamogawa Sea World and Meguro River. Bring the kids along to KidZania Tokyo and Edo-Tokyo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ashikaga Flower Park, Kamogawa Sea World
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monkey Park Iwatayama and Toji. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kids Plaza Osaka and Food Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka tour planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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