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
— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba District and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo visit planning tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in January, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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.
Kids will enjoy Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Yodoryokuchi Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Jindoji Temple, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Ninja-Do. Dotombori District and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's more to do: make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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