16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

9
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more), Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Pola Museum of Art). There's still lots to do: stop by Ginza, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Moroiso Shores, Yokohama Chinatown, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, thenget engrossed in the history at Kyoto National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle. Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Namban Culture Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). There's more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, The World Money Box Museum, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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