13 days in Tokyo, Nagasaki & Kyoto Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Nagasaki & Kyoto Itinerary

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Tokyo — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kōtoku-in and Hase-dera Temple. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Nagasaki — 2 nights

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Ōura Church. Visit Glover Garden and Glover House and Office for their historical value. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, examine the collection at Dejima, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki driving holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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 Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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