14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Naha
— 1 night
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then stop by Agarihama Market, and finally make a trip to Kokusaidori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Makishi Public Market, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, and then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Naha is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Naha due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Naha hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Itoman, Agarihama Market, Sefa-Utaki, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation builder site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Naha in December: highs in Hiroshima hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Myochin Hompo, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotonbori and Musubi Kyotofor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by Hanakomichi and then take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in December; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

4
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.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and browse the exhibits of Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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