17 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

17 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more), Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip tool.

Cleveland, USA to Osaka is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in September, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 1 day
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online road trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 9 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Odawara Kokian (in Odawara). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner.

Take a bus from Kyoto to Tokyo in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips