16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Kyoto
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Osaka
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Ginza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 5 nights

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.
You've now added Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei to your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.
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Osaka — 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi, Himeji Castle, &more) and Minoo Park (in Mino). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to The Former Nishio Family House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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