13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  11 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace as well as Street Kart Shinagawa #2. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Nezu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno District and Asakusa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple & Kencho-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Meguro River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gotokuji Temple, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in April, with highs in Tokyo at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, shop like a local with Sanroku Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, browse the range of quality goods at Ikeuchi Gate, thentake a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), browse the different shops at Rasora Sapporo, thensee the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Sapporo Factory.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, thenget to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in April; daily highs in Kyoto reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

4
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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Midosuji Street. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Mint Museum. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more), Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple & Yoshimizu Shrine) and Sakurai (Tanzan Shrine & Omiwa Shrine). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, make a trip to Nakanoshima Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Yoshino-cho, Sakurai
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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