17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Yokohama
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
8
Narita
— 1 day
Train + Fly:  15 h
End: Los Angeles

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hozenji Yokocho and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Nipponbashi Denden Town. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum in Higashinada--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary site.

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. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District and then shop like a local with Kyoto Yamahon.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Museums
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Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minami (Namba) and Sunset Owl Cafe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Midosuji Street. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara, about 54 minutes away. See even more of Osaka: get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History.

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Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

5
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at teamLab☆Planets and Kagurazaka. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Ginza. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

1
day
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Yokosuka Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yokohama tour itinerary planning tool.

Yokohama is very close to Tokyo. In September, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokosuka Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Yokosuka Museum of Art ©
Yokosuka Museum of Art
Kishamichi Promenade ©
Kishamichi Promenade
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): browse the different shops at Harunire Terrace.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Yokohama to Karuizawa-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yokohama in September, Karuizawa-machi is slightly colder at night with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping
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Harunire Terrace ©
Harunire Terrace

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On your second day here, wander the streets of Kichijoji.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Tokyo is very close to Yokohama. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kichijoji
Highlights from your plan
Creation Gallery G8 ©
Creation Gallery G8
Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji

1
day
Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Narita driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Tokyo to Narita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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