22 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

22 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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22 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Larnaca
Fly + train:  29​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Larnaca

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sanjusangendo Temple and Mt. Kurama are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Kyoto Railway Museum and Eco Museum Sekigahara capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Wakasa History Museum (in Obama), Miho Museum (in Koka) and Takashima (Kaizu Osaki & Metasequoia Namiki). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Matsuo, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel planner .

Larnaca, Cyprus to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Larnaca to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Larnaca in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sekigahara-cho, Takashima, Wakasa History Museum, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Lake Biwa
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Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

5
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.
Let the collections at Mint Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Arima Onsen and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara National Museum, & more), Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church (in Ibaraki) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stop by Jikko Cutlery, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koya-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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.
Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and The Hakone Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Enoshima Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kanotoiwa (in Hinohara-mura), Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning site .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Koajiro Forest, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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