21 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

21 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 9 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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Sankeien Gardens are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for much colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Ise (Ise Grand Shrine & Ise Shrine Geku). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Minami (Namba)for plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Himeji Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips