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: Paris
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Paris

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Koura Beach. Get some historical perspective at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama), Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Yanaka, enjoy the sand and surf at Heisaura Beach, explore the activities along Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsumine Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning tool .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tateyama, Chichibu, Narita, Onjuku-machi
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Takahama-cho (Shirahama Beach & Wakasa Wada Beach) and Manohama (in Otsu). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Otsu, Takahama-cho, Uji
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Ama Kaigan Beach and Keino Matsubara Beach. Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Okunoin and Horyu-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, enjoy the sand and surf at Ohama Beach, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online journey planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Kobe, Minamiawaji, Sakurai
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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