12 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Ginza, wander the streets of Odaiba, don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary site .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo is 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Jakarta in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mint Museum and Kids Plaza Osaka. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Nara National Museum, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, stroll through Kemasakuranomiya Park, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nara
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hikone Castle and Kurokabe Square. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Kaizu Osaki in Takashima, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 12th (Wed), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kaizu Osaki, Hikone Castle, Kurokabe Square
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle

few
hours
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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