15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo DisneySea, Ueno Park, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo. In May, Tokyo is little chillier than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bamboo Forest Street, Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura, Sagano, and other attractions. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Bamboo Forest Street ©
Bamboo Forest Street

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chuo (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Kobe Harborland) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Dotonbori, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey maker website .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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