11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
Have a day of magic on the 27th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planning site .

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Tokyo. Traveling from Newark in October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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