11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Paris
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Paris

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Umeda Sky Building and Mint Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Daimon, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka holiday builder.

Paris, France to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Osaka. Traveling from Paris in May, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Ninna-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning tool.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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