14 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

14 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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14 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Naka (Yamashita Park & Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), wander the streets of Ueno, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Hikone and see Hikone Castle, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Pontocho, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum & Kongobu-ji Temple) and Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka online tour planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Koya-cho, Nara, Kobe, Shuen-tei
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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