16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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

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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Get in touch with nature at Ueno Zoo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Asakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

4
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Shinsaibashi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Osaka Castle and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. When in Kita, make a side trip to see Mount Miwa in Sakurai, approximately 1h 15 min away.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kita trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Kita. September in Kita sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Mount Miwa
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planner .

Getting from Kita to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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