8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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
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 still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and shop like a local with Ginza.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in September, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel 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
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then browse for treasures at Maiko Antiques Kyoto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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 2nd (Wed), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo and then walk around Nara Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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