12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Osaka Castle and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nigatsu-do Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In April, Osaka is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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 Heian Shrine and Chion-in Temple. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji) and Miho Museum (in Koka). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Ueno District and Nezu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yanaka District ©
Yanaka District
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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