15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Moroiso Shores and Zaimokuza Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Toi Beach (in Izu), Katase Higashihama Beach (in Fujisawa) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and visit Ginza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple will appeal to history buffs. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Kirihama Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kobe (Suma Beach & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Akashi (Matsue Swimming Beach & Amore Beach). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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