9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  12​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fuji National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street, Yoyogi Park and Toyosu Market. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planning tool .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
day
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Fujinomiya Route and then get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fuji National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fuji National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fuji National Park: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

2
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 Daigo-ji Temple, Tenryuji Temple, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nisonin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, stroll around Maruyama Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fuji National Park to Kyoto in 5 hours. Traveling from Fuji National Park in April, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo International Forum. On the 12th (Sun), wander the streets of Akihabara, then wander the streets of Odaiba, and then stroll around Ueno Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): admire the striking features of Tokyo International Forum and then get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey maker site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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