8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Disneyland will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December, Tokyo is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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 inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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