13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

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

6
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.
You've added Pontocho, Nishiki Market, Ken’s Tours Kyoto, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Attractions like Monkey Park Iwatayama and Toei Kyoto Studio Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Byodoin, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Omicho Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kanazawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle Park, Nara Park and Universal Studios Japan. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Osaka Castle and Minami (Namba) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kobe (Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) & Kobe Harborland), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Suma Aqualife Park Kobe (in Suma). There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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