15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mitsumine Shrine and Pola Museum of Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Hakone Museum of Art and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and don't miss a visit to Hozomon.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo journey website .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Mitsumine Shrine, Oyama Rice Terraces
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Bamboo Forest Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kasuga Grand Shrine, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Hankyu Umeda Honten. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Yoshikien, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more), Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Hase-dera Temple, Asuka-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, and then view the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Parks
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Ginza Itoya Hontren ©
Ginza Itoya Hontren
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

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