13 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Osaka

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Higashinada (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Fashion Museum), Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka online road trip planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports 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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

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
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Pola Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Moroiso Shores, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. 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, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Moroiso Shores
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then stop by Fuuka-Kimono, and finally shop like a local with Nishiki Market.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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