31 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

31 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 14 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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— 8 nights
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Tokyo

— 14 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hataagebenzaitensha, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Atami (Izusan Jinja Shrine, Kiunkaku, &more) and Narita (Three-storied Pagoda, Naritasan Park, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Kanda Myojin, and kick back and relax at Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary website.

Erbil, Iraq to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Erbil to Tokyo. When traveling from Erbil in July, plan for cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gio-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Uji (Mimurotoji Temple, Byodoin, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, indulge your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and visit Pontocho District.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Ise Shrine Geku. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hase-dera Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Venture out of the city with trips to Sarutahiko Shrine (in Ise), Kobe (Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), Suma Beach, &more) and Sakurai (Shorinji, Omiwa Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips