11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Nara
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
4
Nagoya
— 1 day
Fly to Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base, Drive to Shirakawa
5
Shirakawa
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Osaka

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Backstreet Osaka Tours as well as Osaka Free Walking Tour. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Dotombori District, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Osaka Free Walking Tour, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Backstreet Osaka Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Nara

Ancient City

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 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple and then stroll around Nara Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning app.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Nagoya

— 1 day
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Osu Shopping Street, Nagoya TV Tower and Hosho-in (Osu Kannon). On the 5th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon).

To find out how to plan a trip to Nagoya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Shirakawa

— 2 nights
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll around Fukushima Airport Park, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, and then walk around Nanko Park. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, fly down the slopes at Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kashio Onsen.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nagoya to Shirakawa. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in December since evenings lows in Shirakawa dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Tokyo

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Wed), ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation website.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 3 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.