9 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Kobe Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Kobe Itinerary

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9 days in Tokyo, Nagoya & Kobe Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kobe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
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, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo planner .

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. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then make a trip to Nagoya Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Nagoya sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
nights
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 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and then take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Himeji, Naruto, Amore Beach
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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