13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Calgary

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo International Forum, Yayoi Kusama Museum and teamLab Planets TOKYO. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Akihabara, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 16 hour difference. When traveling from Calgary in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then stroll around Nara Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka online visit planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
On the 27th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step out of Tokyo to go to Hakone-machi and see The Hakone Open-Air Museum, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, stroll around Ueno Park, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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