9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Central Railway Station, teamLab Borderless, Bar C's, Roppongi, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Ginza. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from London in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Nightlife
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama Bamboo Grove as well as Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and then wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 26th (Sun), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Edo-Tokyo Museum. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take a stroll through Asakusa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Akihabara, then view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and finally examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. On the 28th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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