18 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

18 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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18 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Al Muharraq
fly:  22​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Al Muharraq

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal City Walk Osaka as well as Osaka Takoyaki Museum. Head to Dotonbori and Daimaru Museum Umedafor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Glico Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka visit planning website .

Al Muharraq, Bahrain to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Al Muharraq to Osaka is 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Al Muharraq in January: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©

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 International Manga Museum and Hosomi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary builder tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

10
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi (in Higashimurayama), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Urayasu, Enoshima Island, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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