16 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

16 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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16 days in Japan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hong Kong Museum of History and Stanley, Hong Kong. Get outdoors at Lantau Island and Clear Water Bay Second Beach. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), wander the streets of Mong Kok, get a taste of the local shopping with Bird Garden Yuanpu Street, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong tour itinerary planning tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Hong Kong is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hong Kong, with lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lantau Island ©
Lantau Island
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Osaka in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in September; daily highs in Osaka reach 83°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online visit planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Visit Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Hakone Shisseikaen in Hakone-machi, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), wander the streets of Akihabara, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey builder app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hakone Shisseikaen
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): admire the striking features of IFC mall, then stroll through Tai Long Wan, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Big Wave Bay Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In September, Hong Kong is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
IFC mall ©
IFC mall
Tai Long Wan ©
Tai Long Wan

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