17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Venice
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Tokyo
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
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Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
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Tokyo
— 10 nights
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End: Venice

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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.
For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Venice, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Venice to Tokyo. Traveling from Venice in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
You've added Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nanzen-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
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.
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Robot Restaurant has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Odawara Kokian (in Odawara). See some other sides of Tokyo: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Odawara Kokian
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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