22 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Yokohama (Sankeien Gardens & Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 14:

Osaka

— 6 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: Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution), Kanenonaru Tembodai Observatory (in Heguri-cho) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, visit Dotombori District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 20:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 27: