8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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 1st (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then take a stroll through Dotombori District. On your second day here, take a stroll through Minami (Namba) and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Osaka to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Asakusa and Omotesando. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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