17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Ikspiari & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker site.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Himeji Castle will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Shoshazan Engyoji). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Museums

Side Trip

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