21 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

21 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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21 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kita
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
3
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

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.
Kodai-ji Temple and Byodoin will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Kamogawa River. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, wander the streets of Pontocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder .

Barcelona, Spain to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin, Hikone Castle
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

5
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Head to Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street and Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Horyu-ji Temple and Osaka City Central Hall. Change things up with a short trip to Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda in Ikeda (about 30 minutes away).

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You can drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Horyu-ji Temple
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka City Central Hall ©
Osaka City Central Hall

9
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.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Sankeien Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Ubara Risokyo and Showa Kinen Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple & Naritasan Omote Sando), Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka) and Ikspiari (in Urayasu). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at TOKYO Solamachi, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, shop like a local with Omotesando, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kita to Tokyo. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Yokohama, Showa Kinen Park, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
Ubara Risokyo ©
Ubara Risokyo

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