60 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

60 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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60 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 20 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 19 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 19 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

20
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The University of Tokyo, Tanashi Forest (in Nishitokyo), Naka (Yamashita Park, Sankeien Gardens, & more) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

Phoenix, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Phoenix to Tokyo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be little chillier, around 67°F, while days are cooler, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Urayasu, Narita, Akiruno
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

19
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Higashiomi (Hitomi Winery, Gokasyo Omisyonin House Of Tonomura Shigurutei, & more), Nishiyama Park (in Nagaokakyo) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Spend the 9th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otsu, Higashiomi, Maizuru, Fukuchiyama, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

19
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Saho River, Todai-ji Temple, & more), Koya-cho (Saito, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Shimin Fureai no Sato (in Osakasayama). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara, Koya-cho, Hyogo Prefecture, Site of Miyama Batttery
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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