23 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

23 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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23 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 11 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 10 nights
+2
train + Fly + train:  17​h
End: Brussels

11
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pola Museum of Art and Mt. Takao. Get a sense of the local culture at Minato Mirai 21 and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Mt. Kumotori (in Okutama-machi), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, explore the activities along Cape Hachiman, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and admire the sheer force of Marugami Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planning website .

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Mt. Kumotori, Fudo Falls, Marugami Falls, Shirasato Central Beach
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

10
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nara Park and Kazugayama Genshirin. Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Omimaiko Beach (in Otsu), Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Otsu, Osaka, Hikone Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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