9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
5
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally pause for some photo ops at Stone Church.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get a bit cooler in Karuizawa-machi: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Nature Parks Shopping
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Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
On the 30th (Wed), witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then take an in-depth tour of Jukambo National Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi tour itinerary website .

Drive from Karuizawa-machi to Kusatsu-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Nature Parks Spas
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kusatsu-machi to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Museums Parks
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yokohama: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Yokohama online holiday planner .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Yokohama by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Yokohama, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Sojiji
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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