12 days in Tokyo, Sendai & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Sendai & Kyoto Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Odaiba District, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, and finally don't miss a visit to Sendaijo Ato.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sendai road trip app.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Sendai are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato

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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.
On the 20th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Enjoy Tokyo some more: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get all the equipment you need at Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Ginza.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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