17 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

17 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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17 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary builder site .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in March, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary maker .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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