15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
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Kyoto
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Tokyo
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Osaka — 4 nights

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'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Nara Park & Kofuku-ji Temple). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip tool.

Sacramento, USA to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from Sacramento, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and stop by Akihabara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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