17 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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17 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Yokohama Chinatown. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online visit planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Chinatown, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Let the collections at Tokugawa Art Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan capture your imagination. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Dotonbori, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Asahiyaki, The World Money Box Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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