23 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

23 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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— 9 nights
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Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Nara Park. Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kobe (Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum & Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum), Himeji (Himeji CityMuseum of Art & Himeji City Museum of Literature) and Nara (Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka online trip maker.

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island to Osaka is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint-Denis to Osaka is 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saint-Denis in July: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Kyoto

— 7 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums
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Tokyo

— 9 nights
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.
Head to Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabarafor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Tree Cross Adventure Atsugi Nanasawa (in Atsugi). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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