11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 added Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, Tonbori River Cruise, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then make a trip to Higashimuki Shopping Street, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, get in on the family fun at Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally get a new perspective on things with Tonbori River Cruise.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple, Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka no To, and other attractions you added.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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've added Tokyo Central Railway Station, Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), Tokyo Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit website .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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