22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday maker

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 8 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum & Lake Ashinoko), Hakone Skyline (in Gotemba) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, visit Akihabara, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Hero Tour Japan and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotombori District and Mt. Koya. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matsue Swimming Beach and Suma Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kashima Shrine (in Takasago), Himeji (Nishi no Maru & Himeji Castle) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Four-M, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips