8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​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.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, head outdoors with Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip builder .

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 difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Beaches
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and then take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Dotonbori, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and finally admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka visit planning app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Arima Onsen
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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