15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Sankeien Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Yokohama to see Yokohama Nature Sanctuary about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planner.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Let the collections at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Hosomi Museum capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Muko to see Muko City Cultural Museum about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

2
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, shop like a local with Jikko Cutlery Sakai, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

3
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Tokyo

Your day by day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine as well as teamLab Borderless. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, then examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks