13 days in East Asia Itinerary

13 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 day
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Nara

— 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine, Higashimuki Shopping Street, Yoshikien, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Higashimuki Shopping Street.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nara is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, expect Nara to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
You've added Kyoto Station Building, Tofuku-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto route planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hosho-in (Osu Kannon) as well as Osu Shopping Street. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a stroll through Sakae.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally examine the collection at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takayama tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 day
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall, contemplate the long history of Wada House, don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Nagase house, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura online vacation planner.

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You've added Kanazawa Station, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kanazawa Castle Ishikawa Gate, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Ishikawa Gate, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Osaka

— 3 nights
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've added Aeroplaza, Kansai Airport, Abeno Q's Mall, Abeno Harukas, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips