11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 3 nights

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.
Kencho-ji Temple and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno District and Engaku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kichijoji (in Musashino), Soji-ji Temple (in Yokohama) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando, and stop by Kagurazaka.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Katori, Kamakura, Kichijoji, Jindai-ji Temple, Naritasan Omote Sando
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, then contemplate the long history of Hosenin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konkai Komyoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toshodai-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Kashihara Jingu. Venture out of the city with trips to Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, and get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka day trip app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Kashihara Jingu
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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