17 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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17 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h
3
Tokyo
— 12 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Tokyo. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

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 list of things to see and do now includes Ginkakuji Temple, Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, Heian Shrine, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. Get outdoors at Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Takao. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mt. Enkai (in Yokohama), Naka (Sankeien Gardens & Yokohama Chinatown) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Catholic Yukinosita Church, & more). Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Hakone-machi, Fuji, Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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