9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Bangkok

1
night
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 as well as Osaka Castle. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In January, Osaka is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Hankyu Umeda Gallery ©
Hankyu Umeda Gallery
Eeyan ©
Eeyan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District, Tenryuji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): catch a live performance at Yoshimoto Gion Kagetsu.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple
Keage Incline ©
Keage Incline

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Meijimura Minister of Education Official Residence, Shirotori Garden, Tokugawa Garden, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Urakuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Meijimura Minister of Education Official Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, then stop by Oribe Hills, and finally see the interesting displays at The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya travel website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in January, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Inuyama, The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Oribe Hills
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall ©
The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, Lake Kawaguchi and Fujisan World Heritage Center(Mt.Fuji World Heritage Center). On the 14th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, get all the information you need at Fujisan World Heritage Center(Mt.Fuji World Heritage Center), and then go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

2
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory
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Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory ©
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory

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