16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, take a stroll through Dotombori, and then shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka planning website.

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 57°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nara road trip website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Nara sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

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

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 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

10
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.
Visiting Lake Kawaguchi and Enoshima Island will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Fuji, Tokyo Disneyland, Enoshima Island
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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