10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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 cultural insight at Nijo-jo Castle and Dotonbori. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, with highs in Kyoto at 27°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally get into the urban bustle at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Himeji road trip site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 1st (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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