11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally visit Minami (Namba).

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in April; daily highs in Osaka reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

3
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, walk around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nezu Shrine and Zojo-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yanaka and Fire Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, and visit Odaiba.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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