13 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

13 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Tehran
subway + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
End: Tehran

5
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.
Let the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park), Kyoto (Gion, Kinkaku-ji, & more) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner .

Tehran, Iran to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Osaka is 5 hours. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Moroiso Shores and Terugasaki Beach. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Morito Beach (in Hayama-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Kimono Me.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Moroiso Shores, Morito Beach, Terugasaki Beach, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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