16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Osaka
— 4 nights

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.
Hakone Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, &more), Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple) and Chichibu (Mitsumine Shrine & Mitsumine Shrine Okumiya). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, and explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets.

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Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in November, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Narita, Chichibu, Hakone-machi
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Koyasan Okunoin and Toshodai-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Osaka Museum of History. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Zofukuin Temple, &more), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Sakurai, Himeji, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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