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: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and make a trip to Takeshita Street.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In March, Tokyo is much colder than Brisbane - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°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, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Shimada Shotenfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Himeji Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Gallery, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka journey site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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