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: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kita
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Harajuku Takeshita-dori and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Yokohama Chinatown in Yokohama, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Visiting Mt. Kurama and Kyoto Isshu Trail Higashiyama Course will get you outdoors. Visit Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and stroll through Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kita: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mt. Koya).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kita trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kita takes 1.5 hours. In October in Kita, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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