22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
End: Tokyo

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, Tokyo DisneySea, Odaiba, and other attractions. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and Moroiso Shores. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from Uzbekistan, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Chinatown, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Moroiso Shores, Tokyo DisneySea
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

6
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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor some retail therapy. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Asahiyaki, Ise Grand Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

6
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.
Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Visiting Nara Park and Mt. Koya will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Ichijo-in Temple), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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