16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

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

5
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder tool .

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 changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 22nd (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, have fun and explore at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takayama online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

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Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle, Mt. Koya
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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