18 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

18 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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18 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Himeji Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Gion, & more) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, get to know the fascinating history of Asahiyaki, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

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London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Osaka reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Mt. Koya, Naifs, Himeji Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

8
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.
Head to Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabarafor some retail therapy. Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

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Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 18:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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