8 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo is 2 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in July, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

4
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 historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Family-friendly places like Nara Park and Universal Studios Japan will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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