11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Nara Park, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka road trip app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Arashiyama and Kinkaku-ji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then stop by Matsunoshitaya, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
You've added Omotesando, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Asakusa. Head to Ginza and Yokohama Chinatownfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama Chinatown, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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