14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Yokohama
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker .

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. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 58°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

few
hours
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yokohama trip planner.

Yokohama is very close to Tokyo. In March in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hase-dera Temple
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera 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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Nijo Castle, then stroll through Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning app .

You can take a train from Yokohama to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nara road trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Nara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route app .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 7th (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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