16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get outdoors at Mt. Koya and Matsue Swimming Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Saho River, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

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Newark, USA to Osaka is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Newark in September since evenings lows in Osaka dip to °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

Nara, Koya-cho, 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

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Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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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 a sense of the local culture at Odaiba District and Kōtoku-in. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ginza, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and visit Akihabara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. 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 District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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