12 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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 list of things to see and do now includes Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku, Omoide Yokocho, Samurai Museum, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa and Sensō-ji. There's lots more to do: stroll through Ueno Park, stop by Tsukiji Market, have some family-friendly fun at Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Tokyo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Manila in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 20°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping
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Meguro River ©
Meguro River
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nijo Castle and Nara Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Tōdai-ji (in Nara) and Kyoto (Gion, Sanjusangendo Hall, & more). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, and make a trip to Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation builder.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or drive. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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