13 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

13 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Todai-ji Temple. Relax by the water at Tannowa Beach and Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Nara (Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and see the interesting displays at Mint Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary app .

Dallas, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Osaka is 15 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dallas in May, with highs in Osaka at 77°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nara, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, Arima Onsen, Tannowa Beach
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
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.
Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Omimaiko Beach and Toji. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Omimaiko Beach
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pola Museum of Art and Kimono Me. Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), examine the collection at Samurai Museum, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online journey planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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