22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
train:  2​h
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
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.
You've added Kiddy Land Harajuku, Takeshita Street, Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Hedgehog Cafe HARRY, Harajuku, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and finally stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Shibuya, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally take a stroll through Shibuya Center-gai.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odawara Castle, Owaku-dani Valley and Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road. On the 27th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, go for a walk through Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi holiday app .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Odawara Castle
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ginza Mitsukoshi, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Nezu Shrine, and other attractions you added. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. See some other sides of Tokyo: meet the residents at Ueno Zoo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe Beef Experience, Hep Five Ferris Wheel, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka vacation planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Kobe, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka 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.
You've now added Isuien Garden to your itinerary. On the 4th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In June in Nara, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

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.
You've added Kamogawa River, Gion, Kyoto International Manga Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation maker app .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in June, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Tokyo Skytree, Nihombashi Takashimaya, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kamakura to see Kōtoku-in about 1h 25 min away. See even more of Tokyo: get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Sanrio Puroland
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Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise ©
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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