8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Warrnambool
Fly:  33 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  29 h
End: Warrnambool

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otoshi Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, thenindulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, thensee the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online itinerary planner.

Warrnambool, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Nishinomiya Shrine, Horyu-ji Temple, Arima Onsen
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, get outside with Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) ©
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park)

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