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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some historical perspective at Samukawa Shrine and 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Yokohama Nature Sanctuary in Sakae (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ueno, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokyo-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Samukawa Shrine
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine

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 19th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour builder website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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