13 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 5 nights
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights

5
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.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kusuri no Yakata will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple), Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Fashion Museum) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, The World Money Box Museum, Kusuri no Yakata, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Visiting Moroiso Shores and Pola Museum of Art will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Yokohama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and visit Odaiba District.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Moroiso Shores, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then stop by Fuuka-Kimono, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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