15 days in Tokyo Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Tokyo Prefecture & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
You've added Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, Owaku-dani Valley, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning website.

Durham, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Tokyo is 14 hours. While traveling from Durham, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 21:

Kyoto

— 6 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've added Tea Ceremony Ju-An, Fuuka-Kimono, Kodai-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Classes · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 27:

Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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