15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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Osaka

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Walking tours as well as Thermal Spas. Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Kawasaki Good Times World and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kobe (Kobe Harborland & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)), Teragaike Park (in Kawachinagano) and Hanshin Horse Racetrack (in Takarazuka). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Osaka is minus 1 hour. In November, Osaka is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto National Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kamakura Hiking Trails as well as Shimokitazawa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Ueno District. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and walk around Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip