9 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Osaka, Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip itinerary maker .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Singapore in May; daily highs in Osaka reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Odaiba, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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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