10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: George Town, Penang Island

2
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.
On the 10th (Mon), take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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George Town, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from George Town in February; daily highs in Osaka reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya driving holiday app .

Getting from Osaka to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in February, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Tairyuji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, and then get behind the scenes at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory.

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Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Himeji
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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