9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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Osaka
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally admire the striking features of Kawaguchi Christ Church, Cathedral. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Statue of Florence Nightingale, don't miss a visit to Kannoji Temple, then stroll around Umami-kyuryo Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Ikaruga Cultural Asset Center.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Osaka. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Chomeiji Temple (in Omihachiman), Kannonji Temple (in Fukuchiyama) and Tanba Sasayama (Bunpo-ji Temple & Tamba Toji Brewery Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, stroll through Yase Momiji no Komichi, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Akigawabashi Kasen Park Barbecue Land (in Akiruno), Asahina Excavation (in Yokohama) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Fortune Telling Hall Lamp, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokoji Temple, make a trip to Fukuoka Dam, and look for gifts at Tokodo.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

Side Trips