15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-In Hall, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Kobe

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally shop like a local with Kobe Harborland. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe route planner .

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). See some other sides of Tokyo: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip planner .

You can fly from Kobe to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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