15 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

5
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 Ghibli Museum Mitaka as well as Meguro River. Let the collections at Nezu Museum and Pola Museum of Art capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Oya History Museum
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll explore and learn at Miho Museum and Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Nagoya), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Hikone Castle, Miho Museum
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Omotesando Hills, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and Kichijoji. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei, approximately Koganei away. See even more of Tokyo: get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, take a stroll through Kagurazaka, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kichijoji, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

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