17 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

17 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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17 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

8
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 and learn at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Gion and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more), The World Money Box Museum (in Amagasaki) and Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Kyoto. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Otsu, Kobe, Kusuri no Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

7
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.
Head to Ginza and Rental Kimono Sakurafor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Odaiba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Inokashira Park Zoo (in Musashino), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Moroiso Shores (in Miura). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Moroiso Shores, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, Inokashira Park Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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