22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route maker

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online route planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Gansenji (in Kizugawa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi, Himeji Castle, &more), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, awaken your taste buds at Kampai Sake Tours, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, and steep yourself in history at Reien-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips