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: Johor Bahru
+3
bus + foot + subway + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + subway + foot + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: Johor Bahru

3
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.
On the 24th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Kuchu Teien Observatory. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johor Bahru to Osaka. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johor Bahru in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planning tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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.
Attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Edo-Tokyo Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planning site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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