19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Hase-dera Temple and Pola Museum of Art. Appreciate the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Nezu Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine & Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, wander the streets of Ueno, and stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Terugasaki Beach
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine & Ise Shrine Geku). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Otsu
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

6
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 outdoors at Arima Onsen and Mt. Yoshino. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Muroji Temple (in Uda), Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho) and Koya-cho (Zofukuin Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Yoshino-cho, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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