19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

19 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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Kyoto

— 7 nights
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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Byodoin, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

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Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Koshikiiwa Shrine (in Nishinomiya). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, shop like a local with Dotombori District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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