13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harajuku Takeshita-dori as well as Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble. Your inner history buff will appreciate Imperial Palace and Tokyo National Museum. Attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, wander the streets of Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 20°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest, and then get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchiko, trek along Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Oshino Hakkai, and finally snap pictures at Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip generator.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Oshino Hakkai, Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Dotonbori and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 Bamboo Forest Street, Kyoto Imperial Palace and Philosopher's Walk. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera and Gion. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, take in the views from Togetsukyo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 25th (Tue), wander the streets of Odaiba and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Tsukiji Market, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and finally step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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