10 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

10 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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10 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + train:  20​h
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more), Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and don't miss a visit to Kurama-dera.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

New York City, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Otsu, Horyu-ji Temple, Hase-dera Temple
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Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
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.
Visit Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Kencho-ji Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, & more) and Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Park). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, take a stroll through Ueno, and stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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