9 days in Osaka, Nara & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Nara & Tokyo Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Nara & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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 Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto as well as Happy Owl Cafe Chouette. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka road trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Osaka at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Classes Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto
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Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto ©
Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Step out of Nara to go to Sango-cho and see Sango Town Water Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Nara Park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. September in Nara sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Sango Town Water Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum. It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo route planner .

Getting from Nara to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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