8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, take a stroll through Ginza, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in September, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza

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 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then look for gifts at Maiko Antiques Kyoto, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Maiko Antiques Kyoto ©
Maiko Antiques Kyoto

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 2nd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then visit Dotombori. On the next day, look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo and then stroll around Nara Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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