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 + train:  12​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
4
Mitaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Urayasu
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nara travel route planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Nara is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from George Town in March; daily highs in Nara reach 16°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
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 Chidorigafuchi as well as Hachiko. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Mitaka.
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Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Mitaka

Mitaka ©
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Ghibli Museum Mitaka has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then walk around Maruike Park, then admire the masterpieces at Kahenomori Art Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Fukuro Chabo Cafe.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mitaka trip builder .

Mitaka is very close to Tokyo. March in Mitaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Kahenomori Art Museum, Fukuro Chabo Cafe
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

1
night
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
You've now added Mt. Fuji 5th Station to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake, let the kids burn off some steam at Fujiten Lily Park, then make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Forest Adventure Mt.Fuji.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Narusawa-mura trip builder .

Drive from Mitaka to Narusawa-mura in 3 hours. Traveling from Mitaka in March, expect nights in Narusawa-mura to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Urayasu.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trip

Ryugatake
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Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Forest Adventure Mt.Fuji ©
Forest Adventure Mt.Fuji

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Urayasu road trip website .

You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Urayasu in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Narusawa-mura in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Urayasu: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 10°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ikspiari ©
Ikspiari

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