30 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Ise Itinerary

30 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Ise Itinerary

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30 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Ise Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 13 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 13 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Ise
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Train:  4 h 15 min
End: Tokyo

13
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. For shopping fun, head to Minato Mirai 21 or Asakusa. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Lalique Museum Hakone), Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka) and Kamakura (Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at The Railway Museum, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Osakana Mura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

13
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.
Appreciate the collections at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Kyoto Railway Museum. Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka) and Kobe (Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Kitano Monogatarikan, & more). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Dotonbori, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Ikeda, Ibaraki
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, then take a stroll through Uramuracho, and finally contemplate the long history of Izawanomiya.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ise trip planner .

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 43°F. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taiki-cho, Izawanomiya, Uramuracho
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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