14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+3
Fly + train + foot + ferry:  11​h
1
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Nago Pineapple Park, stroll through Kame no Hama Beach, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho online day trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Motobu-cho, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nago Pineapple Park
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Nago Pineapple Park ©
Nago Pineapple Park

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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 Osaka (Osaka Castle & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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