10 days in Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

10 days in Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

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10 days in Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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 out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 13th (Sat), examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Takayama online day trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art

3
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 out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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