12 days in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kansai & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

12 days in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kansai & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

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12 days in Nagasaki Prefecture, Kansai & Kyoto Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + subway + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head outdoors with Takahama Beach, stroll around Nagao Castle Park, and contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagasaki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagasaki. In May, Nagasaki is slightly colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, & more) and Zuiganji Temple (in Tokushima). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and get outside with Royu Driveway.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kobe day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Nagasaki to Kobe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nagasaki in May: highs in Kobe hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Zuiganji Temple, Hakutakarokusuien, Otsuka Museum of Art
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in nature's colorful creations at Rakusai Chikurin Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto attractions planner.

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. When traveling from Kobe in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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