9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  7 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Family-friendly places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo DisneySea will thrill your kids. Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

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Hanoi, Vietnam to Tokyo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanoi to Tokyo is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

4
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotonbori (in Osaka), Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Gion, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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