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
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Gion.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Kofuku-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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