21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 9 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Moriguchi
— 2 nights
4
Suita
— 2 nights
5
Kyotango
— 1 night
6
Nara
— 3 nights

9
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Kongobu-ji Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hankyu Umeda Honten and Minami (Namba). Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura), Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshimizu Shrine, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Namba Parks.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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 Sagano, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Ginkakuji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, get great views at Sagano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally make a trip to Mt. Kurama. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, thensnap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. 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 Parks Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Moriguchi

Moriguchi ©
Moriguchi is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan which serves as a satellite town to Osaka. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiraoka Shrine and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine.

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Getting from Kyoto to Moriguchi by car takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Moriguchi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Settsukyo Park, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Aramaki Rose Garden, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyoshikojin Seichoji. Keep things going the next day: try your luck at Hanshin Horse Racetrack, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, and then step into the grandiose world of Kishiwada Castle.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Suita driving holiday website.

Suita is just a short distance from Moriguchi. In December, daytime highs in Suita are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyotango.

Things to do in Suita

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kyotango

Kyotango ©
On the 2nd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Kaya Steam Locomotive Square, thenkick back and relax at Takeno Coast, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyotango road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Suita to Kyotango takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Suita in January: highs in Kyotango hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyotango

Outdoors Parks 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, thenstroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kyotango to Nara in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Kyotango, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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