20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 7 nights
End: Tokyo

7
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.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hakone Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ueno, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Jingū Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour website .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kashima Jingu, Kencho-ji Temple, Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu

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.
On the 9th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Kamigamo Shrine ©
Kamigamo 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.
Popular historic sites such as Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Toshodai-ji Temple and Kongobu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Visiting Mt. Takao and Atami Sun Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose), Fujiko F Fujio Museum (in Kawasaki) and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Odaiba, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Atami, Kamakura, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Lalique Museum Hakone
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Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum ©
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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