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: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Jakarta

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Takeshita Street. Head to Ginza and Wa Spacefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama Chinatown
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Asahiyaki. Step out of Kyoto to go to Ise and see Ise Ninja Kingdom, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, identify plant and animal life at Yodoryokuchi Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Ise Ninja Kingdom, Asahiyaki
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeji Castle and Nara Park. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Kofuku-ji Temple, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and browse the exhibits of Daimaru Museum Umeda.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka online itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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