16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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16 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and then stop by Kotonoichi Kamakura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo journey planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Daimon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Koyasan Station, & more), Kuroshio Market (in Wakayama) and Chokeiji Temple (in Sennan). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Chokeiji Temple, Kuroshio Market
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, don't miss a visit to Teradaya, then examine the collection at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, and finally wander the streets of Fushimi Suigo. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, then examine the collection at Kappa Gallery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoshimine-dera.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Uji, Miho Museum, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Yoshimine-dera ©
Yoshimine-dera
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Kamakura Boshiya Hat Shop Honten. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Museum of Art. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hakone-machi (Onsen Resorts, Hakone Ropeway, & more), Futtsu Aqua Farm (in Futtsu) and Odawara Castle (in Odawara). See some other sides of Tokyo: enjoy the sand and surf at Moroiso Shores, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zushi Beach, and explore and take pictures at Ichigo House Kayama Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Odawara Castle, Futtsu Aqua Farm, Ichigo House Kayama Farm, Kamakura Boshiya Hat Shop Honten
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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