16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Kuching
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuching

3
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: Nara (Nara Park, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday planner.

Kuching, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuching to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuching in November, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, parks, outdoors, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu, stop by The Tsukiji Market, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo custom trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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