22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 10 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more) and Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine & Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori). The adventure continues: visit Ueno District, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, explore the galleries of Kanda Myojin, and take a stroll through Yanaka District.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo, you'll lose 19 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Honolulu in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
You've now added Matsui Sake Brewery to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Tokai Jiyuhodo in Otsu--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

Osaka

— 10 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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Rokuji-no Kane, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Himeji (Kuwabara Shrine, Himeji Castle, &more) and Asuka Mizuochi Ruins (in Asuka-mura). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips