12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Auckland

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 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Nara Park, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: stop by Dotonbori.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online vacation planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland in April since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Arashiyama and Kinkaku-ji. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Matsunoshitaya, and finally stop by Gion.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Omotesando, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Yokohama Chinatown in Naka, approximately Naka away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki, Yokohama Chinatown
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
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Odaiba

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