14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Hakone Open Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then try out the rides at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Atami Sun Beach, contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho, then get answers to all your questions at Owaku-dani Valley, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi itinerary builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hakone-machi. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Spas

Side Trip

Atami Sun Beach
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach

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 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Nara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera, get your bearings at Fushimi Inari Taisha, take in panoramic vistas at Kyoto Tower, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. Traveling from Nara in March, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 25th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tsukiji Market, take a stroll through Odaiba, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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