8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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.
On the 8th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otoshi Shrine. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday planner.

Warrnambool, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Warrnambool to Osaka is minus 1 hour. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Arima Onsen, Nishinomiya Shrine
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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.
On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji 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.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojoji Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then wander the streets of Marunouchi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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