15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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15 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Yoyogi Park and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Hakone Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Escape the urban bustle at Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi) and Sankeien Gardens (in Naka). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Akihabara and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
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Yokohama Nature Sanctuary ©
Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visiting Mt. Kurama and Fuuka-Kimono will get you outdoors. Step out of Kyoto to go to Muko and see Muko City Cultural Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Muko City Cultural Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Jikko Cutlery. Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Osaka Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Todai-ji Temple, & more) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Dotonbori, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Jikko Cutlery, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, The World Money Box Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
teamLab Borderless has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at teamLab Borderless, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker site .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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