12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

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

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, & more). There's lots 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 see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning website .

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 difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Traveling from George Town in February, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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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.
On the 12th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in February, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are little chillier, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

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

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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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.
On the 17th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and finally get in on the family fun at Rokkosan Field Athletic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, steep yourself in history at Ishoan, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally don't miss a visit to Tairyuji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kobe tour itinerary builder website .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In February, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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