13 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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13 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Austin

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Mori Art Museum, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner .

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in March, with highs in Tokyo at 58°F and lows at 43°F. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

6
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 list of things to see and do now includes Saihoji Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple, Maruyama Park, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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