43 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

43 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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43 days in Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  10​h
1
Tokyo
— 20 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 20 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Sydney

20
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck and Hase-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Syonandaira (Komayama Park) (in Hiratsuka), Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi) and Isehara (Roben Falls & Fufusugi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), enjoy breathtaking views from Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai, don't miss a visit to NYK Hikawamaru, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial Warships Mikasa.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Odawara, Hayama-machi
Highlights from your plan
Kamakura Hiking Trails ©
Kamakura Hiking Trails
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

20
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Okunoin and Hase-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Amore Beach (in Akashi), Yoshino-cho (Mt. Yoshino, Yoshimizu Shrine, & more) and Kobe (The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, Kawasaki Good Times World, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, take in the dramatic scenery at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe, Sakurai, Nara, Yoshino-cho
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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