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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsutenkaku, Nipponbashi Denden Town and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, shop like a local with Nipponbashi Denden Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

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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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in September; daily highs in Osaka reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a 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.
You've added Kinkaku-ji, Honnoji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 4th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, then take a stroll through Gion, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Honnoji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
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Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

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 Mount Fuji, Ginza, Asakusa, and other attractions. The adventure continues: make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Side Trips

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

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