18 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

18 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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18 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Sensō-ji and Takeshita Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae), Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ginza, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Asakusa, and get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get much warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hase-dera Temple, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Moroiso Shores
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Ginza ©
Ginza
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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market or Kyoto Station Building. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto driving holiday planning app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Four-M. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, & more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Todai-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotokuji Temple, and view the masterpieces at Hankyu Umeda Gallery.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route website .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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