8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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8 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Minami (Namba) and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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 Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nijo Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Toji. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Asakusa. There's much more to do: make a trip to Omotesando, take a stroll through Ginza, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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