31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 29 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Wellington

29
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Arima Onsen and Mt. Koya. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Dotonbori, & more), Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, & more) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Pontocho, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker site .

Wellington, New Zealand to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, Kyoto is a bit cooler than Wellington - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Otsu, Ise, Koya-cho, Nara, Kobe
Find places to stay Dec 16 — Jan 14:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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