22 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Odaiba District and Ginza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo online route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kyoto

— 13 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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todaiji Keidaicho, Todai-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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