30 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

30 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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30 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 8 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 10 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Hozenji Yokocho and Abiko Kannonji Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in November, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

10
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 out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mt. Takao. Step off the beaten path and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). There's much more to do: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

10
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.
Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Zojo-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, steep yourself in history at 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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