12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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.
You've added Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Nara Park, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Arashiyama and Kinkaku-ji. On the next day, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Matsunoshitaya, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 day by day itinerary now includes Omotesando, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and other attractions you added. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tokyo to go to Yokohama and see Yokohama Chinatown, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Yokohama Chinatown
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ginza ©
Ginza

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