9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Nara National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nara Park and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In September, Osaka is little chillier than Singapore - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stop by Fuuka-Kimono, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Ginza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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