10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13 h
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, thenmake a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, thenadmire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa vacation builder site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kanazawa is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get cooler in Kanazawa: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), thenget engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, stop by Sanmachi Suji, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), thensavor the flavors at Food & Drink, thensee the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takayama itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Takayama, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
On the 29th (Fri), take a stroll through Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka attractions site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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