16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Sengaku-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Hozomon and Ueno District. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

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

Norfolk, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

6
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 Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nishi Honganji. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Otsu
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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 Toshodai-ji Temple. Head to Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Hontenfor some retail therapy. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Walking tours, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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