14 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

14 days in Kyoto, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kamogawa River and Hero Tour Japan. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in September: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 83°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore hidden gems such as Nigatsu-do Temple and Osaka Fureai no Mizube. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) (in Kobe) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Mint Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art, Osaka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Let the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Nezu Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Fun & Games

Side Trip