9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 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
— 2 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 11th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip website .

George Town, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from George Town to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In February, Osaka is much colder than George Town - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip site .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a 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): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tairyuji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudoji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planning site .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. February in Kobe sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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