44 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

44 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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44 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Rethymnon, Crete
Fly:  25​h
1
Tokyo
— 14 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 13 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 14 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Rethymnon, Crete

14
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Sensō-ji. Visiting Lake Kawaguchi and Rock Garden will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama), Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida) and Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning site .

Rethymnon, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rethymnon to Tokyo is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rethymnon in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Mt. Takao
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

13
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.
Get in touch with nature at Seta Golf Course North Course and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Hakodateyama Ski Park (in Takashima). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, get outside with Ume Sakura, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otsu, Ise Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, Hakodateyama Ski Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

14
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.
Nara Park and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Mt. Koya and Arima Onsen. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kazefukiiwa (in Higashinada), Himeji (Himeji Castle, Koko-en Garden, & more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Dotonbori, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Omine, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koya-cho, Himeji, Mt. Miminashi
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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