11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  10 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  9 h
End: Bangkok

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, visit Odaiba, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, stop by Dotombori, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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