12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Modern Transportation Museum. Visit Yoshikien and Naramachi Koshino Ie for their historical value. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to National Museum of Ethnology (in Suita), UCC Coffee Museum (in Kobe) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka travel planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in April; daily highs in Osaka reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, National Museum of Ethnology, UCC Coffee Museum, Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Asuka-dera Temple
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Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Chishaku-in. Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) and Honen-in are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho), Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji) and Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nenenokomichi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Otsu, Uji, Saimyo-ji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kitanomaru Park and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori (in Katori) and Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karasumori Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Yanaka Cemetery Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, Samukawa Shrine, Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo

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