16 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

16 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as teamLab☆Planets and Kiunkaku. Appreciate the collections at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Saitama), Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ueno District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Samukawa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Charlotte, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Atami, Katori, Fujiyoshida, Jindai-ji Temple
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Visit Toji and Shimogamo Jinja for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Pontocho District.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at University of Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. You'll explore and learn at Mori Art Museum and HARA Model Railway Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ikspiari (in Maihama), Nipponmaru Memorial Park (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama (Sankeien Gardens & Kishamichi Promenade). See even more of Tokyo: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, wander the streets of Kagurazaka, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ikspiari
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple

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