13 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

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13 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Osaka
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get to know the resident critters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally explore the activities along Yamazaki River.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Gion, & more), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka online tour planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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