11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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11 days in Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Osaka
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Tokyo

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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've now added Dotonbori to your itinerary. On the 24th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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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 26th (Tue): take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

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Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chidorigafuchi and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Venetian Glass Museum). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

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Hakone-machi, Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal
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Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
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Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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