11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Uji
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Shirakawa
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May; daily highs in Osaka reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nara trip builder app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Nara

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

1
night
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mito Shrine, and finally walk around Yodo River Park Sewaritei District.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uji day trip planning tool .

Uji is just a stone's throw from Nara. Traveling from Nara in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Uji. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mito Shrine, Yodo River Park Sewaritei District
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Mito Shrine ©
Mito Shrine
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple ©
Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple

1
day
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 19th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen, then stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, and then explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa trip planner .

You can drive from Uji to Shirakawa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Uji in May, you will find days in Shirakawa are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Nature
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Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning website .

Drive from Shirakawa to Kyoto in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Shirakawa in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, steep yourself in history at Ishoan, then make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Kobe Chuo Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe online visit planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

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