13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
2
Kita
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Head to Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dorifor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba) and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kita trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Kita with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online visit planner .

Drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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