12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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 get to explore Mint Museum and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeji Castle and Dotombori District. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

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Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In April, Osaka is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Sarutahiko Shrine in Ise, about 2h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. 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 Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Sarutahiko Shrine
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Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Appreciate the collections at Fire Museum and Nezu Museum. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Ueno District, and stop by Yanaka District.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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