22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 10 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more), Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, explore the galleries of Kanda Myojin, and take a stroll through Yanaka District.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo is 19 hours. When traveling from Honolulu in April, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Narita, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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.
You've now added Matsui Sake Brewery to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Tokai Jiyuhodo in Otsu--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Otsu
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Matsui Sake Brewery ©
Matsui Sake Brewery
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

10
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Asuka Mizuochi Ruins (in Asuka-mura), Koya-cho (Rokuji-no Kane, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Himeji (Kuwabara Shrine, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, and ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Sakurai, Himeji, Kobe
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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