16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

16 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Osaka

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Osaka at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ritsuin Temple (in Otsu) and Lake Biwa Museum (in Kusatsu). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea), Kamakura (KĊtoku-in & Samuraikibun Kamakura) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips