8 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
Visiting Mt. Takao and Ueno Zoo will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Tokyo is much colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Kamogawa Sea World
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World

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 some cultural insight at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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