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: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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 some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle. Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Jikko Cutlery.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Jikko Cutlery Sakai, Himeji Castle
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yodoryokuchi Park and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Asahiyakifor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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