13 days in China & Japan Itinerary

13 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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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:  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
nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Beijing Jiuwan Lane and then admire the landmark architecture of Gong Wang Fu.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing day trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from New York City to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Beijing

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kunming Lake ©
Kunming Lake
Biyun Temple ©
Biyun Temple
Gong Wang Fu ©
Gong Wang Fu

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get some historical perspective at Lin Kai Temple and Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hong Kong Museum of History and Cheung Chau Island. Step out of Hong Kong to go to Macau and see Macao Museum, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Chi Lin Nunnery, steep yourself in history at Time Ball Tower, stop by Kinu Kobo, and make a trip to Fung Ying Seen Koon.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Hong Kong takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Beijing in July, Hong Kong is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

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.
Get some historical perspective at Ryoanji Temple and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Explore hidden gems such as Hosen-ji Zen Centre and Rozanji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Juho-ji Temple (in Kyotanabe), Food Tours (in Osaka) and Ruins of Mt. Hachiman Castle (in Omihachiman). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sankoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Genku-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Sugimoto Family House, and make a trip to Old Yabetoku Clock Shop.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip website.

Fly from Hong Kong to Kyoto in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Otsu, Juho-ji Temple, Food Tours, Hosen-ji Zen Centre, Ruins of Mt. Hachiman Castle
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Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Sankoji Temple ©
Sankoji Temple
Rozanji Temple ©
Rozanji 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.
Get some historical perspective at Kōtoku-in and Yasaka Daijin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kanda Myojin and Kameido Katori Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Sasuke Inari Shrine & Kokuzodo) and The Railway Museum (in Saitama). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Birthplace of Bank, go for a walk through Old Goryo Tei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horen-ji Temple, and make a trip to Site of The Omi-Hikone-Ii Domain Family Mansion.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Transportation

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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