22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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22 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Quebec
Fly + Train:  20 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly + Bus:  21 h 15 min
End: Quebec City, Quebec

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner .

Quebec City, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Quebec City to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quebec City in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama Chinatown
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Nagoya Castle (in Nagoya). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Ise Grand Shrine, Inuyama Castle, Nagoya Castle
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more), Nara (Saho River, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more) and Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Koko-en Garden, & more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, and deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji, Kobe, Hakutakarokusuien
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 30:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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