13 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT and Fire Museum. Shop till you drop at Ginza Itoya Hontren and TOKYO Samurai Kembu. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minatomirai (Nipponmaru Memorial Park & Yokohama Museum of Art) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, admire the masterpieces at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa Hanare Shinjuku Kabukicho, and get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Head to Ippodo Tea Kyoto and Hankyu Umeda Hontenfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Miho Museum and Daikaku-ji. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji) and Kobe (UCC Coffee Museum & Kawasaki Good Times World). And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, don't miss a visit to Yasakanoto, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips