Visiting Japan for 9 days, all in Tokyo or include Kyoto/Osaka?

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Oct 9 18 Comments

Going to Japan for the first time in early December.

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  • GoDaddy fi4j48
    For 9 days, definitely include Kyoto and Osaka. Especially in December, enjoy those hot springs
    Oct 9 0
  • New lbuy82
    I literally just finished this trip yesterday (8 days in Tokyo, 2 in Kyoto, 4 in Osaka). I would say include Kyoto but Osaka is probably optional. Osaka is a great base for other places in the area, but it's mostly like a quieter, slightly less convenient version of Tokyo so you won't get much more out of Osaka itself that you couldn't get in Tokyo. For 9 days, I would recommend 6-7 in Tokyo and 2-3 in Kyoto. There's just so much to do in Tokyo, especially for a first timer. But keep in mind travel time. It's 2.5 hours from Tokyo to Kyoto on the shinkansen, so you possibly waste the good part of a day just traveling between the two cities.
    Oct 9 2
    • New lbuy82
      To follow up, here's an example itinerary for a 9 day Tokyo/Kyoto trip for first timers based on what we did (days not necessarily in any order):

      Day 1 Tokyo: Ueno Park/Asakusa
      Day 2 Tokyo: Tsukiji Market/Ginza/Akihabara
      Day 3 Tokyo: Day trip to Mt. Fuji/Hakone
      Day 4 Tokyo: Harajuku/Meiji Shrine/Shibuya
      Day 5 Tokyo: Shinjuku
      Day 6 Tokyo: Odaiba (teamLab Borderless is a must-see here)
      Day 7: Last minute Tokyo stuff + travel to Kyoto
      Day 8 Kyoto: Fushimi Inari/Gion
      Day 9 Kyoto: Arashiyama
      Oct 9
    • GoDaddy fi4j48
      For the maximum harajuku experience, go there on a Sunday
      Oct 9
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Kyoto is beautiful, Osaka is good only for 0.5 - 1 day imo (Dotonbori district). I would do something like 4 days Tokyo, 3 days Kyoto, 1 day Osaka, 1 day buffer.

    Also, if it's your first time, just remember...your visit to Japan isn't official until you take a picture under the torii gates at the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto 👌.
    Oct 9 0
  • Microsoft WordPPT
    Tokyo-4, Kyoto-3, Osaka-2
    Oct 9 0
  • Microsoft jokerekoj
    Definitely include Kyoto and Osaka. I went to Japan last winter. Been to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara in 8 days
    Oct 9 0
  • Cisco unit-test
    Definitely Kyoto and Osaka. I didn’t like Tokyo all that much. Also would recommend staying at an onsen a couple days
    Oct 9 0
  • Microsoft jokerekoj
    4 days Tokyo 3 days Kyoto 1 day Osaka 1 day Nara
    Oct 9 1
    • Microsoft jokerekoj
      And Fuji between Tokyo and Kyoto
      Oct 9
  • New trxpxl
    I just did this exact route a few weeks ago, also include Nara if you like animals, beautiful temple and you can pet the deer, also has one of the best ramen restaurants of all time. Kyoto for me was eh, Osaka was lovely, toyko was outstanding.
    Oct 28 0
  • Flowcast lulll
    Kyoto is nice but is pretty touristy now
    Oct 9 0
  • Google
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    yohoooomore
    Planning on going their in Jan. Thanks OP, for posting this.
    Oct 9 0
  • Sprint SystemLord
    DONOT MISS KYOTO.
    Oct 9 0
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    EC2more
    Kyoto is better than Tokyo. And remember people from Osaka are kinda psycho.
    Oct 9 0
  • T-Mobile g6gsuj
    Drop by the Fukushima prefecture too.
    Oct 9 0
  • eBay abababbb
    Include Kyoto for sure
    Oct 9 0
  • Adobe CTun75
    Definitely include Kyoto and Osaka. I’d spend more time in Kyoto if you can!
    Oct 9 0

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