13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17​h
1
Kita
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Fuji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kita day trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kita is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kita due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Kita to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Mt. Wakakusa. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker .

You can drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Fuji

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fuji holiday tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Fuji by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Fuji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Outdoors Nature
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6
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.
Visiting Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ueno Zoo will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Venture out of the city with trips to Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). Have a day of magic on the 21st (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday builder app .

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Fuji in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tokyo, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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