14 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

14 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Dubai

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Koajiro Forest. Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Pola Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa) and The Railway Museum (in Saitama). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ueno, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, stop by Yanaka, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kamogawa Sea World, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, The Railway Museum, Pola Museum of Art, Koajiro Forest
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

6
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 outdoors at Nara Park and Sanson Toshi Koryu no Mori. Let the collections at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Miho Museum capture your imagination. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Takashima (Metasequoia Namiki & Hata Rice Terraces), Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Nara (Rokuen & Nigatsu-do Temple). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Pontocho, and shop like a local with Dotombori.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Takashima, Dotombori, Arima Onsen, Miho Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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