8 days in Tokyo, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo, Nara & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
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 6th (Sun), discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Ginza and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao.

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Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. When traveling from Dallas in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Tokyo Disneyland
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaidan-do, then contemplate the long history of Tegaimon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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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 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Matsunoshitaya, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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