12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Osaka

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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 outdoors at Nara Park and Chausuyama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kasuga Grand Shrine and Kongobu-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara National Museum) and Koya-cho (Jokiin, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, take a stroll through Dotombori District, admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing tool.

Helsinki, Finland to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Helsinki to Osaka. Traveling from Helsinki in April, expect nights in Osaka to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are much hotter, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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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 Toji and Kennin-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Heian Shrine and Sagano. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyoto Botanical Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take a stroll through Pontocho District.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Toji ©
Toji
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fire Museum and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Yanaka District, and visit Ueno District.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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