16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  12 h 30 min
1
Tateyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Gujo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Tateyama

Tateyama ©
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Get in touch with nature at Ubara Risokyo and Cape Hachiman. You'll get in some beach time at Hojo Beach and Okitsu Beach. Step out of Tateyama to go to Kamogawa and see Kamogawa SeaWorld, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Flower Fields of Chikura-cho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kembutsu Beach, and make a trip to Nagoji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tateyama tour planning site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tateyama is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tateyama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, plan for little chillier days in Tateyama, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katsuura, Kamogawa Sea World, Flower Fields of Chikura-cho, Cape Hachiman
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Ubara Risokyo ©
Ubara Risokyo
Hojo Beach ©
Hojo Beach
Cape Hachiman ©
Cape Hachiman

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen, and then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Atami Sun Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and then admire the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi travel route planner.

You can drive from Tateyama to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Traveling from Tateyama in September, things will get little chillier in Hakone-machi: highs are around 24°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gujo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Atami Sun Beach, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach

1
night
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Amidaga Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hiruganoshitsugen Botanical Garden, and then admire the natural beauty at Moss Phlox of Kunita Family.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Gujo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Gujo takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gujo, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Gujo

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Amidaga Falls ©
Amidaga Falls

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 14th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally indulge your taste buds at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip maker app .

Drive from Gujo to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wada House, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
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Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then look for gifts at Sakuda Gold and Silver Leaf Shop, then take an in-depth tour of Shima, and finally kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, stop by Tsukuda no Tsukudani, Main Store, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi District.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kanazawa tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

2
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.
On the 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Gion, then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha 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.
Head to Dotonbori and Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minami (Namba) and Kofuku-ji Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara Park (in Nara) and Kobe (Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street & Kobe Harborland). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online driving holiday planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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