8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Tokyo
— 1 day
Train:  3 h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Imperial Palace and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Takeshita Street. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planning website .

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is little chillier than Manila - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

1
day
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 20th (Fri), take a stroll through Ginza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and finally wander the streets of Gion. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then stroll around Nara Park, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Naifs, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka journey builder .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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