14 days in Japan & Los Angeles Itinerary

14 days in Japan & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  5 h
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  15 h 30 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Tram:  18 h 30 min
End: Dallas, United States

1
night
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker.

Dallas to Los Angeles is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Los Angeles to Tokyo takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
nights
Nara, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodoin, explore the activities along Saho River, then make a trip to Daibutsuden, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nara online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Jishu Shrine in Otsu, approximately Otsu away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, look for gifts at Kyo no Takumi, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kobe tour itinerary builder app.

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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