21 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

21 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Fukuchiyama
— 2 nights
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Islamabad

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Tokyo

— 9 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Imperial Palace and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, wander the streets of Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

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Islamabad, Pakistan to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Tokyo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in December, you will find days in Tokyo are little chillier (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arashiyama and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuchiyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Fukuchiyama

— 2 nights
Fukuchiyama is a city in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on the Yura River. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoiwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onitakeinari Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenneiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Fukuchiyama City Flood Control Memorial. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yosenji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannonji Temple, examine the collection at Gunze Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ankokuji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kaya Steam Locomotive Square, and finally examine the collection at Kozan Bunko.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Fukuchiyama in 2 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you will find days in Fukuchiyama are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuchiyama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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