8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Fujiyoshida Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Fujiyoshida Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno District and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and University of Tokyo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Visit Tofuku-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple for their historical value. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, wander the streets of Pontocho District, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and then make a trip to Chureito Pagoda.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujiyoshida trip maker website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujiyoshida in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Historic Sites
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Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine ©
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

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