12 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Get a sense of the local culture at Minato Mirai 21 and Edo-Tokyo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ikspiari in Urayasu, approximately 40 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Omotesando.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Minato Mirai 21
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amanohashidate and Hikone Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo-jo Castle and Minami (Namba). Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Kobe Harborland in Kobe, about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Amanohashidate, Kobe Harborland, Hikone Castle
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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