19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Shiroishi
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Tsuruga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Nara
— 1 night
train:  2​h
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  4​h
9
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
12
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, then find something for the whole family at Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo, then pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip 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. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums
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Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo ©
Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing
Hachiko ©
Hachiko

1
day
Shiroishi

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyagi Zao Fox Village. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Zao Dairy Farm, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katayamake Gobyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Manzo Inari Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manzo Inari, and finally walk around Zaimokuiwa Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shiroishi trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Tokyo to Shiroishi in 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Shiroishi hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zao Dairy Farm
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Manzo Inari Shrine ©
Manzo Inari Shrine
Zao Dairy Farm ©
Zao Dairy Farm

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akihabara, Ginza and Tokyo Tower. On your second day here, take a stroll through Akihabara, take a stroll through Ginza, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and finally shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Shiroishi to Tokyo in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shiroishi in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. You will leave for Yamanouchi-machi on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Toyama Castle. Go for a jaunt from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa to see Kanazawa Castle about 3h 15 min away. There's more to do: stop by Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tsuruga.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toyama Castle, Kanazawa Castle
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area ©
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Tsuruga

Tsuruga ©
Tsuruga is a city in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tsuruga online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tsuruga takes 6 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tsuruga

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukui Castle Ruins, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Fukui Castle Ruins ©
Fukui Castle Ruins

2
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 Dotonbori, Osaka Castle Park and Osaka Castle. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then stroll around Osaka Castle Park, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner .

Getting from Tsuruga to Osaka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

1
night
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.
Kinkaku-ji has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Classes
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets as well as Kobe Muslim Mosque. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, and then get some fabulous bargains at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip builder app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets ©
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kobe to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kobe in December; daily highs in Takayama reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Yokohama.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gotemba Premium Outlets as well as Yokohama Chinatown. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, then get a taste of the local shopping with Minato Mirai 21, and then go for a walk through Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yokohama travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Yokohama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Takayama in December, expect nights in Yokohama to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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