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: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Minami (Namba) and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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.
Get some historical perspective at Toji and Tenryuji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Omotesando, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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