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: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Midosuji Chokoku Street as well as Universal Studios Japan. Explore hidden gems such as Arima Onsen and Sunset Owl Cafe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Toshodai-ji Temple and Himeji Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya), Nara (Nara National Museum, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more) and Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Jogyo-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

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If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Arima Onsen, Tanzan Shrine, Nishinomiya Shrine, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ise Shrine Geku and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Nijo Castle. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Oharai-machi in Ise, approximately 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ise
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Gion
Gion
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ueno and Yanaka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kagurazaka and Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planning site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando, Kichijoji, Kashima Jingu, Kinomiya Shrine
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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