9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  13​h
1
Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
Train:  2​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi online route builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hatsukaichi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Hatsukaichi reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then trek along Mt Shosha hiking, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Himeji online visit planner .

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Nijo Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple), Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jindoji Temple
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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nights
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 inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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