9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  7​h
1
Narita
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Satte
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Honjo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Naganohara-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Takayama
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Tonami
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Tateyama-machi
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Kofu
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Fuji
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Kamakura
— Few hours
train:  1​h
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Narita online trip maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Narita is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April; daily highs in Narita reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 11th (Thu), you're off toSatte.

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Satte

Satte ©
Satte is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 52,449 and a population density of 1550 persons per km². Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Satte day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Narita to Satte takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Narita, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Satte, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honjo.

Things to do in Satte

Historic Sites
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Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi ©
Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi

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Honjo

Honjo
Honjō is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 77,880 and a population density of 868 persons per km². To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Honjo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Satte to Honjo takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Satte in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Honjo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Naganohara-machi.

Things to do in Honjo

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Naganohara-machi

Naganohara-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Uodomeno Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Asama Otaki Fall, then tee off at Taiheiyo Club Karuizawa Resort, and finally get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Yamba Furusato Kan.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Naganohara-machi road trip website .

You can drive from Honjo to Naganohara-machi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Naganohara-machi

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

Michi-no-Eki Yamba Furusato Kan
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Uodomeno Falls ©
Uodomeno Falls

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel route tool .

Drive from Naganohara-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Museum of Art ©
Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura day trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tonami.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

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Tonami

Tonami ©
To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tonami online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Tonami takes an hour. In April in Tonami, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Tonami

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Takaoka
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Takaoka Castle Ruins ©
Takaoka Castle Ruins
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple
Takaoka Gokoku Shrine ©
Takaoka Gokoku Shrine

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Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tateyama-machi online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Tonami to Tateyama-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kofu.
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Yuki no Otani
Yuki no Otani

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Kofu

Kofu
Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kofu tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tateyama-machi to Kofu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Tateyama-machi in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Kofu, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 16th (Tue), you're off toFuji.

Things to do in Kofu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 17th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Fujinomiya City Hall 7th Floor Observatory Lobby, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Kofu to Fuji in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kofu in April: highs in Fuji hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Fujinomiya
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

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Kamakura

Kamakura
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Fuji to Kamakura by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fuji in April: highs in Kamakura hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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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.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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