10 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

10 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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10 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozomon, then admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and finally admire the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless.

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San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Yokohama
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21 21 DESIGN SIGHT ©
21 21 DESIGN SIGHT
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©

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 Jojakkoji Temple and Honen-in. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), Hiyoshi Taisha (in Otsu) and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hogonin Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoshikien, and steep yourself in history at Hosenin.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Otsu, Nara, Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Joruri Temple
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, try your luck at Tokyo Horse Racetrack, and then explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitanomaru Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuhombutsu Joshin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, then browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, Tokyo.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tokyo Horse Racetrack, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Kitanomaru Park ©
Kitanomaru Park
Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple ©
Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple

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