9 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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9 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  14​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker website .

Bengaluru, India to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bengaluru in July since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Nara Park and Dotonbori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Kobe Harborland & Chinatown (Nankinmachi)) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine and then wander the streets of Odaiba. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally take a stroll through Ginza.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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