23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town Itinerary

23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town Itinerary

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23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
George Town, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
6
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 Odaiba, National Museum of Nature and Science, Harajuku Station, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Ginza, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Tokyo is 15 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Jose in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yasaka Shrine, Nanzenji Suirokaku, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 30th (Mon), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Todai-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Higashimuki Shopping Street, and other attractions you added. Step out of Osaka to go to Nara and see Nara Park, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll set off for Kuala Lumpur on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kanching Rainforest Waterfall, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Aquaria, and other attractions you added. Get out of town with these interesting Kuala Lumpur side-trips: Putrajaya (Putra Mosque & Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur, walk around KLCC Park, and Head underground at Batu Caves.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur day trip site .

You can fly from Osaka to Kuala Lumpur in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Osaka to Kuala Lumpur, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Osaka in April; daily highs in Kuala Lumpur reach 39°C and lows reach 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to George Town.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Putrajaya, Batu Caves
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KLCC Park ©
KLCC Park

3
nights
George Town, Malaysia

George Town ©
A kind of architectural playground, George Town is city offering an attractive mix of style, history, and culture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Batu Ferringhi Beach, Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque, Little India - Penang, and other attractions. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kek Lok Si Temple, don't miss a visit to Chew Jetty, contemplate the long history of Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, and examine the collection at Khoo Kongsi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the George Town trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to George Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to George Town is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in George Town can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in George Town

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Penang Island, Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque, Little India - Penang, Kek Lok Si Temple, Batu Ferringhi Beach
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Pinang Peranakan Mansion ©
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Kek Lok Si Temple ©
Kek Lok Si Temple
Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion ©

1
night
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from George Town to Kuala Lumpur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Genting Highlands.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Tours Parks
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