9 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Yodogawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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 National Museum and Senso-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Samurai Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Omotesando.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Yodogawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
night
Yodogawa

Yodogawa ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yodogawa road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Yodogawa. January in Yodogawa sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yodogawa

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder app .

Getting from Yodogawa to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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