15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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

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 Food Tours and Mitsumine Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka), Hakone Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). The adventure continues: get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, wander the streets of Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katori Jingu Shrine, and make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai).

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Mitsumine Shrine, Kashima Jingu, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amanohashidate and Sanzen-in Temple. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online road trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shoshazan Engyoji and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Minoo Park (in Mino), National Museum of Ethnology (in Suita) and Arima Onsen (in Kita). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, National Museum of Ethnology, Minoo Park, Arima Onsen
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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