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: Houston
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Houston

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Houston to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 50°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): shop like a local with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

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Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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