23 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

23 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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23 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 17 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

17
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.
For shopping fun, head to teamLab Borderless or Pola Museum of Art. The Railway Museum and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), & more), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ueno, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samukawa Shrine, and make a trip to Nezu Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Saitama, Kawasaki, Naritasan Omote Sando
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
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.
You've now added Okochi Sanso Garden to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

3
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.
On the 26th (Tue), make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka online route planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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