14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary maker tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hiroshima is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Have a day of magic on the 4th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday builder tool .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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