20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  16 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  38 h
End: Manchester

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip website .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more) and Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Mt. Koya, Himeji Castle, Gyoja no Taki
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). Explore Tokyo further: take a stroll through Ginza, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Kōtoku-in
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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