12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  9​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsaibashi. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle. There's more to do: look for gifts at Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Arcade.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vancouver, Canada to Osaka. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Osaka at 33°C and lows at 26°C. On the 26th (Mon), you're off toKyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera and Nishiki Market. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari Taisha and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Hall.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Osaka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Akihabara. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Asakusa, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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