13 days in China & Japan Itinerary

13 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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13 days in China & Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States


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2
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Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
On the 29th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Beijing West Railway Station. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Beijing Jiuwan Lane and then step into the grandiose world of Gong Wang Fu.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing travel route planning app .

New York City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Beijing, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Beijing hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gong Wang Fu ©
Gong Wang Fu
Beijing Jiuwan Lane ©
Beijing Jiuwan Lane
Biyun Temple ©
Biyun Temple

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Visit Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple) and Time Ball Tower for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Chi Lin Nunnery and Macao Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Lin Kai Temple in Macau (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, stop by Kinu Kobo, admire the masterpieces at The K.S.Lo Gallery, and make a trip to Fung Ying Seen Koon.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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Macau
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Chi Lin Nunnery ©
Chi Lin Nunnery
Cheung Chau Island ©
Cheung Chau Island
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Kongorin-ji Temple Sentaijizo. Get some historical perspective at Ryoanji Temple and Ruins of Mt. Hachiman Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Juho-ji Temple (in Kyotanabe), Hosen-ji Zen Centre (in Kameoka) and Choju-ji Temple (in Otsu). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Old Yabetoku Clock Shop, and admire the landmark architecture of Sugimoto Family House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Kyoto takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Kyoto. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Otsu, Ruins of Mt. Hachiman Castle, Juho-ji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple Sentaijizo, Hosen-ji Zen Centre
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Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Kongorin-ji Temple Sentaijizo ©
Kongorin-ji Temple Sentaijizo
Sankoji Temple ©
Sankoji Temple

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kōtoku-in and Birthplace of Bank are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Railway Museum and Yasaka Daijin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Sasuke Inari Shrine & Kokuzodo). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, don't miss a visit to Myojin Onnazaka, pause for some photo ops at Site of The Omi-Hikone-Ii Domain Family Mansion, and have some family-friendly fun at Ninja Trick House In Tokyo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Transportation Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, The Railway Museum
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum

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