11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally take a stroll through Takadanobaba. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, then indulge your taste buds at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, and then try to win big at Tokyo Horse Racetrack.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Tokyo Horse Racetrack, Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory
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Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Honen-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nenenokomichi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jingoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Honen-in ©
Honen-in
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akishinodera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatadera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishinokyo District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tachibana-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abemonjuin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sai Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isonokami Jingu.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Yatadera Temple, Joruri Temple, Isonokami Jingu, Tachibana-dera Temple
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Akishinodera Temple ©
Akishinodera Temple
Sai Shrine ©
Sai Shrine
Abemonjuin ©
Abemonjuin

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai and Koyasan Choishi Michi. Visiting Amore Beach and Sakuya Konohanakan will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Jokiin, Eko-in Temple, & more). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, wander the streets of Kitashinchi, and examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning app .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Koya-cho, National Museum of Ethnology, Amore Beach
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Yasui Shrine ©
Yasui Shrine
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai ©
Koyasan Daishi Kyokai
Jokiin ©
Jokiin

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