15 days in Saitama, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

15 days in Saitama, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

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15 days in Saitama, Tokyo & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + Drive:  7 h
1
Saitama
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
nights
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Gundam Base Tokyo, then find something for the whole family at TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Saitama travel route planner .

Manila, Philippines to Saitama is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Saitama. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Manila in December, with highs in Saitama at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo
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TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER ©
TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Tokyo Character Street, Nezu Shrine, and other attractions. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya) and Saitama (Hikawa Nyotai Shrine, Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, & more).

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Tokyo is just a short distance from Saitama. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saitama, Totoro Forest
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Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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.
You've added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Daigo-ji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and other attractions to your itinerary.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 26th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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