19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Takao and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island). Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yomiuri Land (in Inagi), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's lots more to do: stroll around Showa Kinen Park, see the interesting displays at Subway Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning app .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Tokyo DisneySea, Mt. Takao, Enoshima Island, Yomiuri Land
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) ©
Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amanohashidate and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Suzuka Circuit (in Suzuka), Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise) and Nagoya (Yamazaki River & Nagoya TV Tower). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nagoya, Ise Shrine Geku, Suzuka Circuit, Toba Aquarium, Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunset Owl Cafe and Mt. Yoshino. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Awaji (Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park, Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and browse the exhibits of Mint Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Awaji, Mt. Yoshino
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore hidden gems such as Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka) and Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa). Enjoy Tokyo some more: explore the activities along Meguro River, don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and browse the exhibits of KidZania Tokyo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Tokyo Disneyland, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kamogawa Sea World
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

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