16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Dubai

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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, you will find days in Tokyo are cooler (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library.

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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool ©
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Pool

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