11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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11 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Imperial Palace and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pola Museum of Art and Samurai Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba and shop like a local with Ginza.

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Richmond, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Richmond to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Richmond in September, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Philosopher's Walk, Ginkaku-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Nara Park. Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Nara National Museum about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, and view the masterpieces at Nowaki.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a stroll through Ueno. On your second day here, take a stroll through Marunouchi, then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally shop like a local with Asakusa.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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