9 days in Chubu, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

9 days in Chubu, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

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9 days in Chubu, Kyoto & Osaka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
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.
Nabana no Sato Sato no Yu has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then take a stroll through Sakae, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nabana no Sato Sato no Yu.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online vacation planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagoya is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagoya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 16°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Spas Baths Shopping

Side Trip

Nabana no Sato Sato no Yu
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take in the pleasant sights at Deai Bridge, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip maker .

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Deai Bridge ©
Deai Bridge

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market, Arashiyama and Kinkaku-ji. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nishiki Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

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.
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka journey planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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