16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Mt. Takao. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka), Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka) and Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'' (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the pleasant sights at Happoen Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kinomiya Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kamogawa Sea World, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walking tours and Amanohashidate. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Suzuka Circuit (in Suzuka) and Ise (Oharai-machi & Ise Shrine Geku). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), and make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Ise, Suzuka Circuit, Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunset Owl Cafe and Food Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more), Mino (Minoo Park & Waterfall of Mino) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Mino, Hase-dera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Momijidani Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Misen Wild Woods, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, head off the coast to Okunoshima Island, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and contemplate the long history of Peace Flame.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning website .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, JMSDF Kure Museum, Okunoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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