12 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Islamabad

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.
Visiting Moroiso Shores and Ueno Zoo will get you outdoors. Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Koajiro Forest (in Miura) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, make a trip to Takeshita Street, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Asakusa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip tool .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Tokyo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Islamabad in June, plan for cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Miura, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Nara Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey app .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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