18 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

18 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Samurai Armor Photo Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art (in Sakura), Yokohama (Yamashita Park & Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal) and Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shimogamo Jinja and Kifune Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens (in Kobe), Naruto (Okazaki Beach, Otsuka Museum of Art, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Koyasan Kondomae). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey maker.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips