12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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12 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo holiday maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Nene Kimono. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll around M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Kyoto Station Building ©
Kyoto Station Building

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 your shopping at Dotonbori and Shimada Shoten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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