4 days in Japan Itinerary

4 days in Japan Itinerary

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4 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Kyoto, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

few
hours
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 8th (Sun): wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Museums
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Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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