23 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

23 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Takao and Food Tours. Visiting Lake Yamanaka and Kamakura Hiking Trails will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja), Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone, Hakone Museum of Art, &more) and Mt. Mitake (in Ome). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, shop like a local with Ginza, indulge in some personalized pampering at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo, and take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Hankyu Umeda Hontenfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Waterfall of Mino and Soni Highland. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Minoo Park (in Mino). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and explore the wide array of goods at Osaka Station City.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Ippodo Tea Kyoto. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Nanzenji Suirokaku.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Shopping

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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takao and Pola Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Venture out of the city with trips to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara), Lake Shoji (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Stone‐paved Road & Sengokuhara). Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, stroll around Arakurayama Sengen Park, and explore the activities along Lake Yamanaka.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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