17 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
2
Osaka
— 7 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Odaiba District and Imperial Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Catholic Yukinosita Church, Kōtoku-in, &more), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Hakone Venetian Glass Museum) and Odawara Castle Tenshukaku (in Odawara). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Odawara Castle Tenshukaku
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Matsue Swimming Beach. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Kyoto National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Okura Beach (in Akashi) and Kyoto (Nishiki Market Shopping District, Gion, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Akashi
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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