9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  11​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Surabaya

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.
You've now added Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka journey planning tool .

Hong Kong, China to Osaka is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in September; daily highs in Osaka reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple as well as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. On the 4th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then delve into the lush surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Akihabara, Line Friends Flagship Store, Harajuku, Sumida Aquarium, and other attractions. There's more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Mount Fuji
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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