13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  11 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace as well as Street Kart Shinagawa #2. Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kencho-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Engaku-ji Temple in Kamakura, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Yanaka, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River.

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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. Traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, view the masterpieces at Sanroku Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, explore the wide array of goods at Ikeuchi Gate, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), buy something for everyone on your list at Rasora Sapporo, then examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Sapporo Factory.

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Getting from Tokyo to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 47°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

1
night
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 22nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in April, with highs in Kyoto at 67°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine

4
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 Nigatsu-do Temple and Kinpusenji Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Yoshimizu Shrine (in Yoshino-cho), Sakurai (Tanzan Shrine & Omiwa Shrine) and Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie & Kofuku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Yoshino-cho, Sakurai
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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