23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town Itinerary

23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town Itinerary

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23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
George Town, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, Odaiba, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ginza, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Tokyo is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Tokyo is 15 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Jose in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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 Yasaka Shrine, Nanzenji Suirokaku, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Todai-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Higashimuki Shopping Street, and other attractions you added. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Nara Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sunway Lagoon, Pavilion KL, Kanching Rainforest Waterfall, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, stroll around KLCC Park, contemplate the long history of Istana Negara, and take in panoramic vistas at Menara Kuala Lumpur.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur visit planner .

You can fly from Osaka to Kuala Lumpur in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Malaysia Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect Kuala Lumpur to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to George Town.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sunway Lagoon, Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KLCC Park ©
KLCC Park

3
nights
George Town, Malaysia

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Batu Ferringhi Beach, Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque, Little India - Penang, and other attractions. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, don't miss a visit to Chew Jetty, contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the George Town trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to George Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to George Town is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Penang Island, Kek Lok Si Temple, Little India - Penang, Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque, Batu Ferringhi Beach
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Pinang Peranakan Mansion ©
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©

1
night
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Putrajaya Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Putra Mosque, then take in the views from Putrajaya Bridge, and then make a trip to Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip website .

Fly from George Town to Kuala Lumpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from George Town to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Putrajaya
Highlights from your plan
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque
Putrajaya Bridge ©
Putrajaya Bridge
Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya ©
Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya

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