5 days in Japan Itinerary

5 days in Japan Itinerary

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5 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), make a trip to Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Kyoto is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Kyoto is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Manila in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and then get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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