15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otsuka Museum of Art and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Naruto (Okazaki Beach & Onaruto Bridge) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

New York City, USA to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Naruto, Kobe, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Railway Museum and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Appreciate the collections at Nagoya City Science Museum and SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Nagoya) and Nagashima Spa Land (in Kuwana). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and visit Pontocho District.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Nagashima Spa Land
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Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Nezu Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Yokohama (Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, NYK Hikawamaru, &more) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone Museum of Art, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, admire the landmark architecture of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of University of Tokyo.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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