16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. Bring the kids along to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Tokyo DisneySea. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Ropeway, & more) and Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park, steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Duluth, USA to Tokyo. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Duluth to Tokyo. Traveling from Duluth in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Urayasu, Kamakura Hiking Trails
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Nijo Castle and Gion. Attractions like Kaizu Osaki and Monkey Park Iwatayama make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo in Ryuo-cho, about 1:05 hours away. Spend a day outdoors on the 9th (Sun) with Arashiyama. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eigamura).

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Kaizu Osaki
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo ©
Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Nara Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Osaka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Tōdai-ji (in Nara) and Mt. Yoshinoyama (in Yoshino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Shinsaibashi, get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary maker.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Mt. Yoshino
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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