19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakanoshima Fishing Port, Pokemon Center Osaka, Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Osaka. Step off the beaten path and head to Arima Onsen and Glico Museum.

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Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-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 to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arima Onsen
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
UCC Coffee Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Mukashi No Sakagura Sawa No Tsuru Shiryokan, then explore the world behind art at Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Daigo-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Keage Incline. There's more to do: wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. You will leave for Tokyo on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Daigo-ji Temple ©
Daigo-ji Temple

9
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo National Museum, and other attractions you added. Step off the beaten path and head to Ueno and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). There's more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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