14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Yokohama
— 3 nights
train + subway:  1​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planning app .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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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.
Itsukushima Shrine Torii has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine Torii
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

4
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 Todai-ji Temple as well as Monkey Park Iwatayama. Visit Kamigamo Shrine and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Nishi Honganji and Nigatsu-do Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara National Museum & Nara Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Takasegawa Ichino Funairi.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Yokohama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kencho-ji Temple and Kishamichi Promenade. Step off the beaten path and head to Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Kōtoku-in, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, and walk around Yamashita Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yokohama travel route planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Yokohama by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yasukuni Shrine and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa--about 54 minutes away. Explore Tokyo further: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Marunouchi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool .

You can drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Naritasan Omote Sando, Showa Kinen Park
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

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