12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Hiroshima
— Few hours
Train:  2 h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
5
Gotemba
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kami Kawabata Shopping Street, Hakata Port Tower, Bayside Place Hakata, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum in Mall, contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, then get a taste of local nightlife at Nakasu, then watch a film at Canal City Hakata, and finally don't miss a visit to Kami Kawabata Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nishi Park, take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, then don't miss a visit to Robosquare, then buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Place Hakata, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hakata Port Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Canal City Hakata ©
Canal City Hakata
Fukuoka Castle Ruins ©
Fukuoka Castle Ruins

few
hours
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima as well as Hiroshima Castle. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
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Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Umeda Sky Building, Harukas 300 Observation Deck, Nipponbashi Denden Town, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building, make a trip to Dotombori Glico Sign, take in the views from Ebisu Bridge, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with America Mura.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
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.
You've now added Arashiyama to your itinerary. On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and finally visit Gion.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planning app.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Gotemba.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

few
hours
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gotemba day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Gotemba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for slightly colder days in Gotemba, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Shopping
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Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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 list of things to see and do now includes Akihabara, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Takashimaya Times Square, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Takeshita Street. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Omotesando.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner.

You can drive from Gotemba to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Gotemba, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza

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