9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Taipei
Subway + Fly:  5 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Step off the beaten path and head to Kamakura Hiking Trails and Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). There's lots more to do: stop by Ueno, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Tokyo is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Taipei to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Taipei in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Mt. Takao, Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo, Kamakura Hiking Trails
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Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamogawa River and Mt. Kurama. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Nara Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, explore the activities along Sumida River, then head outdoors with Tokyo Dome City, and finally stop by Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area. On your second day here, wander the streets of Shibuya Center-gai, then head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and then kick back and relax at Yuigahama Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Yuigahama Beach
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Yuigahama Beach ©
Yuigahama Beach
The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum

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