20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 13 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights

13
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Shirasato Central Beach and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minamisawa Ajisaiyama (in Akiruno), Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi) and Kanotoiwa (in Hinohara-mura). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Odaiba District, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tallinn to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallinn in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Nishitokyo, Shirasato Central Beach, Minamisawa Ajisaiyama
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and look for gifts at Bento&co Kyoto Store.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Jikko Cutlery Sakai
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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