16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

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16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport International Terminal Observation Deck.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Nanzen-ji Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Higashiyama (Tofuku-ji Temple & Kiyomizu-dera Temple) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koyasan Okunoin, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, and then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, then stroll around Maiko Park, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Awaji, Amore Beach
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Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu). Step out of Tokyo to go to Utsunomiya and see Oya Stone Museum, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kobe to Tokyo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You will leave for home on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Mitsumine Shrine, Oya History Museum
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden

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