17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Izu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles


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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.
You've added Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Fukagawa Edo Museum, Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Sanrio Puroland and then get a dose of culture at Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then explore the galleries of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Events Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sanrio Puroland
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum
Sanrio Puroland ©
Sanrio Puroland

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 12th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Sanbondaki Waterfall and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden and then walk around Kanazawa Castle Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kanazawa
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Kanazawa Castle Park ©
Kanazawa Castle Park

8
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You've now added Nomura Family Samurai House to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takayama Jinya and Sanmachi Suji.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Takayama day trip website .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Izu.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nomura Family Samurai House
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

2
nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Shisseikaen as well as Sotoura Beach. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sotoura Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Izu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Izu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Takayama in July, expect nights in Izu to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone Shisseikaen, Sotoura Beach
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Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach
Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Izu to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izu in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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