11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Do your shopping at Minato Mirai 21 and Omotesando. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), take a stroll through Ginza, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and hunt for treasures at Tsukiji Market.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is little chillier than Singapore - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamogawa River and Toji. Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route builder website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Koyasan and Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Head to Dotonbori and Minami (Namba)for plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kobe Harborland (in Kobe), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka vacation maker website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koya-cho
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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