20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Shizuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45​min
7
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

6
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

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Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 43°F. You will leave for Shizuoka on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in and then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama trip maker site .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In March, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

1
night
Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and then step into the grandiose world of Shizuoka castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kakegawa Castle Tower.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shizuoka day trip app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Shizuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Shizuoka can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Kakegawa Castle Tower
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Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Kakegawa Castle Tower ©
Kakegawa Castle 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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Shizuoka in March, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, then categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Nara

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 6th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, wander the streets of Ginza, then stop by Akihabara, and finally examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Takeshita Street and then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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