20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Osaka
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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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.
Let the collections at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Namban Culture Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kansei Gakuin University Museum (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

The World Money Box Museum, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle, Kansei Gakuin University Museum
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. For shopping fun, head to Asakusa or Samuraikibun Kamakura. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple). Explore Tokyo further: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Cat Cafe Singeki Cat, shop like a local with Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Gion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: take a stroll through Asakusa, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and have some family-friendly fun at Cat Cafe Singeki Cat.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will leave for home on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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