8 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

2
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.
On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To plan Kyoto vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Imperial Palace and then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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