9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
End: Osaka

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tannowa Beach and Hirohashibairin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kinpusenji Temple and Kudoyama Sanada Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Izumisano (Shipporyuji Temple & Mt. Inunaki), Kudoyama-cho (Shori-ji Temple & Niukanshofu Shrine) and Eizan-ji Temple (in Gojo).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka driving holiday planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kudoyama-cho, Izumisano, Kinpusenji Temple, Eizan-ji Temple, Hirohashibairin
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Eizan-ji Temple ©
Eizan-ji Temple
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Niukanshofu Shrine ©
Niukanshofu Shrine

3
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 18th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Asahiyaki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enjyouji, then steep yourself in history at Gansenji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Uji River, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Matsumoto Sake Brewery, and then don't miss a visit to Fushimi Sake Village.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uji, Nara, Gansenji, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple
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Enjyouji Temple ©
Enjyouji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Gokonomiya Shrine ©
Gokonomiya Shrine

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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Isshiki Beach and then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isshiki Beach, Hase-dera Temple, Jimmu-ji Temple, Akiya, Tateishi Coast, Futtsu Beach
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Jimmu-ji Temple ©
Jimmu-ji Temple

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