13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
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 find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and stop by Dotombori District.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 19th (Mon), take a stroll through Dotombori District, thengo for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka driving holiday app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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