16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
3
Osaka
— 5 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Hozomon and Sengaku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online road trip planner.

Norfolk, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Otsu
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Dotombori District. Head to Hankyu Umeda Honten and Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osakafor some retail therapy. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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