19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​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.
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip site .

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. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme 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
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Omicho Market, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Awaga Shrine (in Asago), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Himeji road trip planning website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Himeji by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in August since evenings lows in Himeji dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Mt. Kuma, Awaga Shrine, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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