7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Naniwa
— 1 day
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Higashiomi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Otsu
— Few hours
train:  45​min
6
Kita
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Naniwa trip tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Naniwa is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, Naniwa is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naniwa

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Wed), make a trip to Arashiyama, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Naniwa to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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night
Higashiomi

Higashiomi ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Nobunagano Yakata, contemplate the long history of Azuchi Castle Ruins, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eigenji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Higashiomi trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Higashiomi in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Higashiomi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Omihachiman
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Eigenji Temple ©
Eigenji Temple
Azuchi Castle Ruins ©
Azuchi Castle Ruins

1
night
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.
To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nara vacation maker app .

You can drive from Higashiomi to Nara in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nara are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Otsu.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

few
hours
Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Otsu trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Nara to Otsu in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In January in Otsu, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kita.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites
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Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Hiyoshi Taisha ©
Hiyoshi Taisha

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night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to HEP FIVE観覧車.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kita online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Otsu to Kita in an hour. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Kita are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building

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