15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wakasa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
3
Sakai
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Takayama
— 3 nights
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online attractions planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wakasa-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Wakasa-cho

— 1 night
On the 31st (Tue), make a trip to Rainbow Line Summit Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakasa-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Wakasa-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sakai.

Things to do in Wakasa-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sakai

— 3 nights
Sakai combines a dramatic coastline with pastoral scenes and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Tojimbo Cliff, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Echizen Takeningyo no Sato. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daianzenji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Kakusenkei Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanazu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sakai vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Wakasa-cho to Sakai takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Sakai can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sakai

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, then wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kanazawa trip simple and quick.

Drive from Sakai to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Takayama

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, visit Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Takayama, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Fukui Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Fukui Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Fukui.PrehistoryThe Kitadani Dinosaur Quarry, on the Sugiyama River within the city limits of Katsuyama, has yielded animals such as the megaraptoran Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis, hadrosauroid Fukuisaurus tetoriensis, coelurosaurian Fukuivenator paradoxus and titanosauriform Fukuititan nipponensis as well as an unnamed dromaeosaurid.HistoryFukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871.During the Edo period, the daimyō of the region was surnamed Matsudaira, and was a descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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