16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Kyoto
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Osaka
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Tokyo

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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 Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Disneyland make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ginza and Tokyo National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Senso-ji Temple
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Disney Park / Activity
Tokyo Disneyland
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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.
Family-friendly places like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji will thrill your kids. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Asahiyaki. Step out of Kyoto to go to Ise and see Ise Ninja Kingdom, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
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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 some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Nara Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Himeji Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, explore the galleries of Daimaru Museum Umeda, and stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
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Castle
Osaka Castle
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