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: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minami (Namba), Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Namba Parks, and other attractions you added. Change things up with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal City Walk Osaka ©
Universal City Walk Osaka
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
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've added Gion, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, stroll around Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, then stop by Arashiyama Station Hannari Hokkori Square, and finally take a memorable tour with Sagano Romantic Train. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

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Kyoto is very close to Osaka. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Tours Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokiotours, Tokyo Cruise (Sumida River), Ueno Park, and other attractions. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Outdoors Tours
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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