23 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto & Tokyo Prefecture Itinerary

23 days in Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto & Tokyo Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Oshima-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Kozushima-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Hachijo-machi
— 3 nights
Travel:  11 h 15 min
6
Chichi-jima
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

2
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 Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Let the collections at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum and Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Shinyakushiji Temple & Harushika Brewery), Itami City Museum of Art (in Itami) and National Museum of Ethnology (in Suita). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), and sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka holiday maker site.

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Suita, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Itami City Museum of Art
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall ©
Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
National Museum of Ethnology ©
National Museum of Ethnology

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mount Hiei, thenstroll around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Keage Incline, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), thenexamine the collection at Lake Biwa Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Oshima-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Otsu, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, Lake Biwa Museum
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan ©
Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple

2
nights
Oshima-machi

Oshima-machi ©
On the 6th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Oshimamachi Folk Museum, don't miss a visit to Senzu no Kiridoshi, examine the collection at Tokyo Metropolitan Oshima Park Tsubaki Museum, thenexamine the collection at Izu Oshima Volcano Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Mihara. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hajikama shrine, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Toshiki Beach, thenhead off the coast to Fude Island, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Ura Desert.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Oshima-machi trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Oshima-machi with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Oshima-machi hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kozushima-mura.

Things to do in Oshima-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mt. Mihara ©
Mt. Mihara
Izu Oshima Volcano Museum ©
Izu Oshima Volcano Museum
Hajikama shrine ©
Hajikama shrine

4
nights
Kozushima-mura

Kozushima-mura ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sawajiri Beach and Nagahama Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Awanomikoto Shrine and Miyakejima Local Shiryokan. Venture out of the city with trips to Kazan Taiken Yuhodo (in Miyake-mura) and Mikurajima-mura (Tanteiro no Mori & Nango no Ooji).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kozushima-mura driving holiday planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oshima-machi to Kozushima-mura. In May in Kozushima-mura, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Kozushima-mura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Miyake-mura, Mikurajima-mura
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Tako Bay ©
Tako Bay
Awanomikoto Shrine ©
Awanomikoto Shrine

3
nights
Hachijo-machi

Hachijo-machi ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nambara Senjojiki and Occhogahama. Escape the urban bustle at Hachijo Fuji and Hakkeisan Freesia Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Aogashima-mura (Otombu & Hingya).

For photos and tourist information, go to the Hachijo-machi online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kozushima-mura to Hachijo-machi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chichi-jima.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Aogashima-mura
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nambara Senjojiki ©
Nambara Senjojiki
Thermal Spas
Hachijo Fuji ©
Hachijo Fuji

1
night
Chichi-jima

Chichi-jima ©
On the 15th (Wed), take in the waterfront activity at Kominato Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chichi-jima trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hachijo-machi to Chichi-jima. In May, daily temperatures in Chichi-jima can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chichi-jima

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Kominato Beach ©
Kominato Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Memorial Warships Mikasa and Kamakura Hiking Trails. Get some historical perspective at Hozomon and Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ogose-machi (Kamiyatsuno Okusuu & Sekai Mumei Senshi no Haka), Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Yokohama) and Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kitanomaru Park, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirasato Central Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chichi-jima to Tokyo. Traveling from Chichi-jima in May, expect little chillier with lows of 61°F in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ogose-machi, Kamakura Hiking Trails, Shirasato Central Beach, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Chikurin Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa

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