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: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Jikko Cutlery. Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Osaka is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Jikko Cutlery, Himeji Castle
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
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.
Let the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Hosomi Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and shop like a local with Asahiyaki.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji. Attractions like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Disneyland make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba and shop like a local with Ginza.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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