13 days in Kyoto, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

13 days in Kyoto, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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13 days in Kyoto, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  30​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  3​h
3
Osaka
— Few hours
End: Osaka

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, parks, classes, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder site .

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 5:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

few
hours
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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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