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
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, stop by Shimada Shoten, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka journey maker tool .

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 when traveling from George Town to Osaka is 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from George Town in February; daily highs in Osaka reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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 14th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya travel route site .

Take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in February, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a 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

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour planning website .

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
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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 17th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kobe Animal Kingdom, contemplate the long history of Ishoan, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tairyuji Temple, and finally make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kobe trip itinerary maker 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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