9 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

9 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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9 days in Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyotofor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary app .

San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Head to Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dorifor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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