14 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

14 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hase-dera Temple and Kemasakuranomiya Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Toshodai-ji Temple (in Nara), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin) and Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple & Mt. Yoshino). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Osaka at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Yoshino-cho, Toshodai-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Shisendo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, get great views at Mt. Kurama, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For reviews and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ise, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Shisendo Temple ©
Shisendo 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yamashita Park & Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal), Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga) and Sky Garden (in Minatomirai). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and visit Ueno District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ashikaga Flower Park, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Observatory, Seaside Top ©
Observatory, Seaside Top

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