8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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