9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rokko-Shidare Observatory, Rokko Garden Terrace, Rokko Alpine Garden, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll around Meriken Park, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in nature's colorful creations at Rokko Alpine Garden, then buy something for everyone on your list at Rokko Garden Terrace, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rokko-Shidare Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe online trip itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. September in Kobe sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Meriken Park ©
Meriken Park
Rokko Garden Terrace ©
Rokko Garden Terrace

1
night
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In September in Nara, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
You've added Tonbori River Cruise, Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, Kuchu Teien Observatory, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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