17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 6 nights

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: visit Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, and get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Lake Kawaguchi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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 some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Visiting Nara Park and Mt. Koya will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Ryusen-in Temple), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, visit Minami (Namba), stop by Shimada Shoten, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji Castle
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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