10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kanazawa is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kanazawa. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, expect Kanazawa to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 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, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takayama day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 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
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a 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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 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 Shopping
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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