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: Melbourne
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Melbourne

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.
Attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, wander the streets of Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Toba Aquarium and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Okageza (in Ise) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Okageza, Toba Aquarium
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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