11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Dotombori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Dotombori

Dotombori ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes HEP FIVE観覧車, Nipponbashi Denden Town, Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Kuromon Market, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, then wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town, and finally don't miss a visit to HEP FIVE観覧車.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dotombori visit planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Dotombori is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Dotombori is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: high temperatures in Dotombori hover around 27°C and lows are around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Dotombori

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally explore the galleries of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Nara online trip maker .

You can drive from Dotombori to Nara in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Omimaiko Beach and Mt. Kurama. Shop till you drop at Kyoto Station Building and Toraya Kyoto Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Miho Museum (in Koka) and Otomegaike Pond (in Takashima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail Higashiyama Course, see the interesting displays at Ikebana Museum, and look for gifts at Kyo no Takumi.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary site .

Kyoto is very close to Nara. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Miho Museum
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Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ueno Zoo and Takamizusansan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and look for gifts at Rental Kimono Sakura.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Takamizu Sanzan
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

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