10 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

10 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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10 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Takao and Samurai Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and make a trip to Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

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Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kyoto Station Building or Kon's Cycle, Takoyakushi. Get outdoors at Kamogawa River and Mt. Kurama. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyoto Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori, then shop like a local with Shinsaibashi, and then do sightseeing your way with Private Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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