20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Osaka
— 6 nights
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights

5
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Odaiba District, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Tokyo. Traveling from Cairo in November, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

7
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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