12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

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 to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November; daily highs in Osaka reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours

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Historic Site
Koyasan Danjo Garan
4.6
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Religious Site
Kongobu-ji Temple
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Mountain
Mt. Koya
4.6

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): walk around Umami-kyuryo Park, then walk around Taketori Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4
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World heritage site
Horyu-ji Temple
4.5
Architectural Building
Nara National Museum
4.3

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
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Must see
Tofuku-ji Temple
4.4

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hama Rikyu Gardens and Samurai Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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