16 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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16 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

9
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.
Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, and shop like a local with Ginza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Tokyo. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Urayasu, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Lake Kawaguchi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Gion (in Kyoto). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotonbori, see the interesting displays at Naifs, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Kobe
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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