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: Venice
Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Venice

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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.
For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Venice, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Venice to Tokyo. Traveling from Venice in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

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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.
You've added Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nanzen-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka attractions planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Robot Restaurant has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Explore Tokyo further: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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