24 days in Houston, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

24 days in Houston, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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24 days in Houston, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Houston, United States
— Few hours
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 10 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Santiago, Chile

few
hours
Houston, United States

Houston
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Houston road trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to Houston is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Central Standard Time is minus 2 hours. December in Houston sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate teamLab Borderless and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Roppongi Sakurazaka.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Houston to Tokyo in 18.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
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teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Popular historic sites such as Jojakkoji Temple and Ishiyamadera Temple are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Hankyu Umeda Main Store and Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Keidaicho & Daibutsuden), Kyoto (Daikaku-ji, Hogonin Temple, & more) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Tanzan Shrine). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, make a trip to Ruins of Takatori Castle, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Otsu, Sakurai, Nara, Hachiman-bori
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 27:
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Daikaku-ji
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kiddy Land Harajuku and Farmer's Market at UNU. Discover out-of-the-way places like Samukawa Shrine and Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory. Venture out of the city with trips to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa) and Okada Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi). See even more of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque, and learn more about the world around you at Ibaraki Nature Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ibaraki Nature Museum, Onjuku Beach, Samukawa Shrine, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
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Oyama Rice Terraces
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art

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