12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and Fire Museum. Let the collections at Nezu Museum and Kanda Myojin capture your imagination. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple, Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, examine the collection at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Tokyo. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in March: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Keage Incline.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple ©
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
On the 5th (Sun), have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, take a stroll through Dotombori District, thenget to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, explore the galleries of Mint Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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