21 days in Los Angeles & Japan Itinerary

21 days in Los Angeles & Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Los Angeles & Japan Itinerary

Start: Monterrey, Mexico
Fly:  4​h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 day
train:  2​h
6
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Monterrey, Mexico

2
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Broad, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit site .

Monterrey, Mexico to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
The Broad ©
The Broad

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip builder .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 11°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Kiunkaku
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Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©

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nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, take a stroll through Asakusa, then take a stroll through Shibuya Center-gai, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Shibuya Center-gai ©
Shibuya Center-gai
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin

1
day
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You've now added Itsukushima Shrine to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Toshodaiji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Hozenji Yokocho. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Arima Onsen in Kita, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Nishinomiya Shrine, Arima Onsen, Toshodaiji Temple, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanzen-in Temple and Walking tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and make a trip to Gion.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo National Museum and 上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu), Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory (in Tsurumi) and Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya). Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take a stroll through Shimokitazawa.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning app .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, Tokyo Horse Racetrack, Hikawa Shrine, Spas
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The National Art Center, Tokyo ©
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine ©
上野東照宮 Toshogu Shrine

2
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Broad and then do a tasting at San Antonio Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally browse the collection at Los Angeles Central Library.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Los Angeles is minus 17 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Wineries Childrens Museums
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The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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