11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Columbus

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, wander the streets of Odaiba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip website .

Columbus, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Columbus in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-In Hall, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

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