16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nara Park and Osaka Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Koya and Matsue Swimming Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Saho River, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Dotonbori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online visit planner .

Newark, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Osaka when traveling from Newark in September, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Himeji, Matsue Swimming Beach
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip maker .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. Visit Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple for their historical value. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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