9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kobe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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 Dotombori River, Osaka Castle, Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, and other attractions you added. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, stop by Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, then make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka. In October, Osaka is little chillier than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Ishikiri Tsurugiya Shrine
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Gion. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pontocho and Shimogamo Jinja. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennin-ji Temple and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and then shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kobe trip planning site .

Getting from Nara to Kobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In October in Kobe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

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