7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool .

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. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hakone Museum of Art and The Railway Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Pola Museum of Art and Oyama Rice Terraces. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kencho-ji Temple in Kamakura, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and stroll through Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, The Railway Museum, Oyama Rice Terraces, Kencho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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