21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Kita
— 9 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Moriguchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Suita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kyotango
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Nara
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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9
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
You've added Namba Walk, Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Choishimichi will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. Change things up with these side-trips from Kita: Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, & more) and Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshimizu Shrine, & more).

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kita trip itinerary builder website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kita is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kita, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Kita hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho, Yoshino-cho, Mitarai Valley, Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Sagano, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Ginkaku-ji Temple, and other attractions you added. On the 27th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate the long history of Sagano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, and finally contemplate the long history of Mt. Kurama. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, then get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Kita to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Moriguchi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

2
nights
Moriguchi

Moriguchi ©
Moriguchi is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan which serves as a satellite town to Osaka. On the 29th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiraoka Shrine and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishikiri Tsurugi Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Moriguchi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Moriguchi takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Moriguchi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Suita.

Things to do in Moriguchi

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Higashiosaka, Hirakata Park
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Hirakata Park ©
Hirakata Park
Hiraoka Shrine ©
Hiraoka Shrine
Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine ©
Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine

2
nights
Suita

Suita ©
A smaller metropolis near Osaka, Suita remains best known for hosting the World's Fair in 1970.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Settsukyo Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in nature's colorful creations at Aramaki Rose Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyoshikojin Seichoji. Here are some ideas for day two: try your luck at Hanshin Horse Racetrack, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, and then step into the grandiose world of Kishiwada Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Suita online trip maker .

Suita is just a short distance from Moriguchi. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kyotango.

Things to do in Suita

Casinos Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Takarazuka, Kishiwada Castle, Aramaki Rose Garden, Nishinomiya Shrine, Settsukyo Park
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Hanshin Horse Racetrack ©
Hanshin Horse Racetrack
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
Kiyoshikojin Seichoji ©
Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

1
night
Kyotango

Kyotango ©
On the 2nd (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Kaya Steam Locomotive Square, then go for a stroll along the water at Takeno Coast, and then take some stellar pictures from Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyotango trip itinerary website .

Getting from Suita to Kyotango by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Suita in January: highs in Kyotango hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyotango

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Toyooka, Kaya Steam Locomotive Square
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Kaya Steam Locomotive Square ©
Kaya Steam Locomotive Square

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nara vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kyotango to Nara in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Kyotango in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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