12 days in Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  21​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Miami

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, then get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, then take a stroll through Ueno, and finally take a stroll through Yanaka. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Odaiba, take a stroll through Kichijoji, then examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool .

Miami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. When traveling from Miami in April, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Kichijoji
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ueno ©
Ueno

5
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Higashiyama Walking Course. Escape the urban bustle at Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku and Mt. Tateyama. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden (in Hakuba-mura), Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & Tenshukakau Observatory) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam, Yuki no Otani, & more). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Norikura Kogen (Highland), appreciate the views at Atera Valley, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and admire the sheer force of Ushigataki Waterfall.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Nagiso-machi, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Matsumoto
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Pontocho, then don't miss a visit to Gion, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto route maker .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Amanohashidate, Arima Onsen
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Pontocho ©
Pontocho

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