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august77 Dec 13th, 2016 11:46 AM

Tokyo Kyoto timing
I am thinking Mach 27 till April 7, 7 days Tokyo and 4 Kyoto to see cherry blossoms. Any thoughts ?


Kathie Dec 13th, 2016 12:16 PM

If it was me -- and it isn't -- I'd reverse the number of days. More time in Kyoto and less in Tokyo.

thursdaysd Dec 13th, 2016 02:12 PM

Ditto. Also, I hope you like crowds, and you need to book soon.

janisj Dec 13th, 2016 02:20 PM

ditto ditto . . . a minimum of 5 full days (6 nights) in Kyoto and more is even better.

august77 Dec 13th, 2016 05:58 PM

How about 5 days each? Are there any potential places that maybe already booked? Thank you

kja Dec 13th, 2016 06:20 PM

Please see your other thread:

august77 Dec 13th, 2016 06:55 PM

Thanks for your comment Kja. Anybody thinks 5 days is enough for each city?

kja Dec 13th, 2016 07:03 PM

As noted on your other post, I thought 5 days too much for Tokyo -- and I had 3 weeks with which to play. And I thought 5 days too little for a first visit to Kyoto / Nara. JMO.

Does having us post everything twice help in some way I've failed to appreciate?

janisj Dec 13th, 2016 07:15 PM

I agree -- having the dueling threads will have us recreating the wheel a bit.

Not quite sure why you were posting to the other thread this morning and then decided to start a new thread asking the same thing? Your head may start spinning comparing the responses on the two threads.

In my (less experienced) opinion, you will definitely need/want more time in Kyoto. It is a smaller place than Tokyo of course, but there is soooooooo much to see (plus sites will be very crowded which will slow you down).

Kavey Dec 14th, 2016 12:39 AM

Having a second thread asking the same question doesn't magically result in anyone giving different answers.

You will get the same ones of us suggesting 7 for Kyoto and 5 for Tokyo here as you did there.

You can do 5 in each, heck you could do 11 in one and 1 in the other if you really want to. It's your trip and all people are doing here is giving you their opinions on how to balance the time in the two cities.

You are not obliged to follow the advice, but it is a bit odd to keep asking until you get the answer you want?

BigRuss Dec 14th, 2016 08:10 AM

<<Are there any potential places that maybe already booked?>>

WTH does that mean? Are you talking about restaurants, hotels, airbnbs, ryokans, trains or what? The answer is yes.

If you have specific interests and reasons for hanging about in Tokyo for __ days, mention them. Then instead of the rest of us shooting in the dark, you could receive a more tailored answer as to why Tokyo would or would not be worth your 5 days instead of more time in Kyoto and its environs.

Adastra2200 Dec 14th, 2016 02:03 PM

Getting back to the original question, on average those dates are good to see the blossoms - however there are no guarantees with Mother Nature, and there is no way to accurately predict when the blossoms come out until about a month before they do. You can have a look at various sites like:
But popular hotels may be booked up months before, and the key to seeing the blossoms is to have a flexible schedule.
And while the blooming starts from the south and moves up, Tokyo is an exception and on average starts a bit earlier than Kyoto.

You can see a list of the more popular places here:
That said, trying to enjoy the blossoms in the middle of a tidal wave of people is not as much fun. I suggest you find some lesser known places to enjoy the blossoms without the crowds.
The mecca of blossoms is undoubtedly Yoshino in Nara, with a history going back over a thousand years. Lots of people go there too, but it is so spread out that it is easy to explore and enjoy.

ankitksinghh Dec 15th, 2016 09:39 PM


Yes I think 5 days is enough for each city.

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