10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Takeshita Street. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Nara to see Nara Park about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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