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:  45​min
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka vacation website .

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. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 29°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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.
You've added Nishiki Market, Tenryuji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), see a show at Yoshimoto Gion Kagetsu.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Neighborhoods
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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 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Urakuen Garden, admire the striking features of Meijimura Minister of Education Official Residence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, then look for gifts at Oribe Hills, and finally examine the collection at The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 28th (Tue), you're off toFujikawaguchiko-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). Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, then get answers to all your questions at Fujisan World Heritage Center(Mt.Fuji World Heritage Center), and then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi visit site .

You can drive from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nagoya in May: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries 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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