43 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

43 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 20 nights
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Kyoto
— 10 nights
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— 11 nights
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Tokyo

— 20 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Tokyo. Traveling from Houston in May, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — Jun 11:

Kyoto

— 10 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 21:

Osaka

— 11 nights
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Yoshikien, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), &more) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — Jul 2: