9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
End: Narita

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mitsumine Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kashima Jingu and Nezu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and contemplate the long history of Hozomon.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Head to Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyotofor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Atsuta), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kurama, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Hikone Castle, Horyu-ji Temple, Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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