32 days in Kyoto, Nagoya & Tokyo Itinerary

32 days in Kyoto, Nagoya & Tokyo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 11 nights
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Nagoya
— 9 nights
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— 10 nights
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Kyoto

— 11 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more) and Nunohiki River Valley (in Kobe). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Memphis, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Memphis to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You will leave for Nagoya on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 27:

Nagoya

— 9 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (in Tajimi) and Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple (in Kaizu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Nagoya Urban Institute, and walk around Chubu Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 5:

Tokyo

— 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 8th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ginza, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 15: