22 days in China & Japan Itinerary

22 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
2
Suzhou, China
— 2 nights
3
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
4
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
6
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Beijing, China
— 2 nights


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3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 28th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the exciting artwork at Bamboo Scenes, look for gifts at Top One Bakery, and make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip planning app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Hong Kong is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Hong Kong are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

2
nights
Suzhou, China

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Shantang Street, examine the collection at Suzhou Garden Museum, and then stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Luzhi Town, contemplate the long history of Tongli Town, and then make a trip to Ruiguang Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Suzhou trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Suzhou in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Tongli Town ©
Tongli Town
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

3
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), wander the streets of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip site.

You can take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center

2
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.
On the 5th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thenlook for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Osaka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Osaka. January in Osaka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, stop by Arashiyama, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour builder website.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Sunset Falls, step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, thengo for a walk through Tenkakudai, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. On the next day, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, Sunset Falls
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Tenkakudai
Tenkakudai

2
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.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ninomaru Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Bell and Drum Towers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mutianyu Great Wall. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), thentake an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Beijing takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Beijing hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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