15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Akashi Municipal Planetarium (in Akashi), Chartered Building (in Chuo) and Kobe (Former Panama Consulate, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, stop by Shimada Shoten, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka online travel planner .

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Osaka, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Osaka reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Kansai University Museum, Akashi Municipal Planetarium
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gyokkei-ji Temple (in Koka), Daiho Shrine (in Ritto) and Stone Buddha of Ataya (in Nara). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, stop by Ippuya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ujigami Shrine.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip maker .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Stone Buddha of Ataya, Gyokkei-ji Temple, Daiho Shrine, Ujigami Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Kyoto Station Building ©
Kyoto Station Building
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Miyagase Lake Shore (in Kiyokawa-mura), Susukino (in Sapporo) and Ruins of Tsukui Castle (in Sagamihara). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Marusan.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Narita, Kamakura, Susukino, Ruins of Tsukui Castle
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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