17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  17 h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  17 h
End: Hamburg

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Akihabara, Sega Akihabara 1st, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and other attractions.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Hamburg, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Hamburg in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kifune Shrine, Maruyama Park, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions you added. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Explore hidden gems such as Kongobu-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Koyasan Reihokan Museum (in Koya-cho). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Dotombori, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka online tour planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Akihabara, Sega Akihabara 1st, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): wander the streets of Akihabara, have some family-friendly fun at Sega Akihabara 1st, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation maker.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You will leave for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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Sega Akihabara 1st ©
Sega Akihabara 1st
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou

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