9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kobe (Kobe Harborland & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour builder tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January; daily highs in Osaka reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trips
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Kyoto — 1 night

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.
To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Nagano.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Nagano — 1 night

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then look for gifts at Agri Naganuma.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagano trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagano takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. In January, Nagano is slightly colder than Kyoto - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Tokyo.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Tokyo — 3 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and shop like a local with Ginza.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route tool.

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagano in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.