21 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

21 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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21 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + train + tram + ferry:  15​h 15​min
End: Tallinn

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Get outdoors at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Kimono Me. Venture out of the city with trips to Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Ginza, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. While traveling from Tallinn, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Seta Golf Course North Course in Otsu, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday builder site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

Seta Golf Course North Course
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

8
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Himeji Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Kazugayama Genshirin. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Shika no Fune Mayu, Mt. Wakakusa, & more), Himeji Castle Keshoyagura (in Himeji) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Ashiya, Himeji, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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