11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Asakusa Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kamogawa Sea World and Marunouchi. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Shirosaki Beach in Kamogawa--about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kamogawa
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ine no Funaya and Amanohashidate. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Mukai Shuzo (in Ine-cho). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Ine-cho, Amanohashidate, Hikone Castle, Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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