13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tottori
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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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.
To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planning app .

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 difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, with highs in Osaka at 23°C and lows at 12°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off toTottori.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 12th (Fri), walk around Ochidani Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, then admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum, then examine the collection at Watanabe Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tottori Castle Ruins.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tottori online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Osaka to Tottori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, you will find days in Tottori are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
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Ochidani Park ©
Ochidani Park
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Watanabe Art Museum ©
Watanabe Art Museum

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Ninna-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, stop by Bento&co, and head outdoors with Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata Gojo.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tottori to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Nara day trip planning website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

6
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koyasan Danjo Garan and Kongobu-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura) and Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo (in Koya-cho). Explore Osaka further: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip website .

Osaka is very close to Nara. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Tanizeno Tsuribashi
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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