12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Otaru
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  12​h
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hachiko, Shibuya Center-gai and Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

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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 when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
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Shibuya Center-gai ©
Shibuya Center-gai
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing
Hachiko ©
Hachiko

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akiba Kart Osaka, Shinsaibashi, Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and other attractions you added. On the 14th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You will leave for Kobe on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary maker .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
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 Walking tours, Gion, Nijo-jo Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take a stroll through Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, and finally wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Gion
Gion
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Walking tours

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sapporo journey maker .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites
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4
nights
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Kamui and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Take a break from the city and head to Shimamu Beach and Otaru Canal. Venture out of the city with trips to Onsen Resorts (in Rankoshi-cho), Shakotan-cho (Cape Shakotan & Ogon Misaki) and Kakizaki Shoten (in Yoichi-cho). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building, buy something for everyone on your list at Kitaichi Outlet, do a tasting at Otaru Wine Gallery, and examine the collection at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Otaru tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 24th (Sat), you're off toKobe.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Yoichi-cho, Sapporo Clock Tower, Onsen Resorts
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Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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