17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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17 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  17​h
End: Hamburg

5
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.
You've added Shibuya Crossing, Sega Akihabara 1st, Chidorigafuchi, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Tokyo is 8 hours. In May, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Hamburg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kifune-jinja Shrine, Maruyama Park, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions you added. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kongobu-ji Temple and Omiwa Shrine. Hase-dera Temple and Dotonbori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum & Koyasan Danjo Garan) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

1
day
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Shibuya Crossing, Akihabara, Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then take a stroll through Akihabara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Honryuin Matsuchiyama Shoden, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Cat Cafe Monta.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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