12 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  12 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

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 Tower has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum in Kawasaki--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suga Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, and look for gifts at Kiddy Land Harajuku.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from George Town to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from George Town in October, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori
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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center

1
night
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 5th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan and then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Miho Museum and Ishiyamadera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Uji (Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple & Mimurotoji Temple) and Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple (in Kyotanabe). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chishaku-in, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Hiei, steep yourself in history at Daitoku-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip app.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Uji, Otsu, Miho Museum, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple
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Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple ©
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Tower. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo and then explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, thensteep yourself in history at Hozomon, and finally shop like a local with TOKYO Samurai Kembu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Morito Beach, Futtsu Beach, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT

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