11 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

11 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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11 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + train:  26​h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arashiyama and Tōdai-ji. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 1:10 hours away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, enjoy breathtaking views from Kyoto Tower, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Kyoto is an approximately 26-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Kyoto, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mexico City in November: highs in Kyoto hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sagano ©
Sagano
Kyoto Tower ©
Kyoto Tower

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo DisneySea and Asakusa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Ropeway, & more). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, make a trip to Hachiko, look for gifts at Tsukiji Market, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Urayasu
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

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