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: Patong, Phuket
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: Patong, Phuket

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shibuya Hikarie, Shibuya 109, Asakusa, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Asakusa, then take in a show at Robot Restaurant, and then browse the different shops at Shibuya 109. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and finally browse the different shops at Shibuya Hikarie.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Patong, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Patong to Tokyo is 2 hours. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sagano, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions you added. Let the collections at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nara Park and Gion. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Dotonbori, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, and snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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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 ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Diver City Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo Disneyland, Ninja Food Tours, and other attractions. Do your shopping at Minato Mirai 21 and Omotesando. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama), Southern Beach Chigasaki (in Chigasaki) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). See some other sides of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), trek along Kamakura Hiking Trails, and take a stroll through Ueno.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Yokohama, Southern Beach Chigasaki, Enoshima Island
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and then shop like a local with Shinsaibashi. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arima Onsen, and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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