22 days in Tokyo Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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22 days in Tokyo Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Seika-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

9
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 inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Sojiji in Nishitokyo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo route maker tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 62°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seika-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sojiji
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Seika-cho

Seika-cho ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jindoji Temple and Mito Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seika-cho: Ujitawara-cho (Shokaku-ji Temple, Birthplace of Soen Nagatani, & more), Kizugawa (Gansenji, Fudomyoo Magaibutsu, & more) and Wazuka-cho (Asaka Shinno Tombs & Ishitera Tea Plantation).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seika-cho trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokyo to Seika-cho. In November, daytime highs in Seika-cho are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seika-cho

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kizugawa, Kyotanabe, Ujitawara-cho, Wazuka-cho, Mito Shrine
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Mito Shrine ©
Mito Shrine
Gansenji ©
Gansenji
Shoju-in ©
Shoju-in

8
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Byodoin about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Seika-cho to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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