20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Perth

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 Takeshita Street. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum Mitaka, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotonbori and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Namban Culture Center. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kansei Gakuin University Museum (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, The World Money Box Museum, Kansei Gakuin University Museum, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and Art Jeunesse Akihabara will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Asakusa and Samuraikibun Kamakura. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Cat Cafe Singeki Cat, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Asakusa, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and get your game on at Cat Cafe Singeki Cat.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 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
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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