17 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

17 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
— 7 nights
2
Tokyo
— 8 nights

7
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.
Head to Hankyu Umeda Honten and Namba Parksfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Yasakanoto. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) (in Otsu), Nara (Gango-ji Temple, Mt. Wakakusa, &more) and Kyoto (Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Gio-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaka tenmangu shrine.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planner.

Stavanger, Norway to Osaka is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Stavanger to Osaka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stavanger in March; daily highs in Osaka reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Joruri Temple
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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple

8
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hozomon and Fire Museum. Popular historic sites such as Kitanomaru Park and Gotokuji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu), Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Nipponmaru Memorial Park (in Minatomirai). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Matsudo, Jindai-ji Temple, Kichijoji
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Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Jindai-ji Temple ©
Jindai-ji Temple

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