22 days in Japan, Macau & Hong Kong Itinerary

22 days in Japan, Macau & Hong Kong Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Macau, China
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Shimokitazawa and Pola Museum of Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mitsumine Shrine and Ueno District. Venture out of the city with trips to Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Engaku-ji Temple, &more) and Atami (Kiunkaku & Kinomiya Shrine). The adventure continues: travel the rails with The Railway Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, take a stroll through Yanaka District, and visit Odaiba District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 50°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Nagoya, Japan

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, take a stroll through Sakae, explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery, and finally stop by Maruya Hatcho Miso. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then examine the collection at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Arimatsu no Machinami.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Flea Market Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Nara Family, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Hozenji Yokocho. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kongobu-ji Temple and Shoshazan Engyoji. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Mt Shosha hiking), Koyasan Danjo Garan (in Koya-cho) and Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka journey maker.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Macau, China

— 2 nights
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
On the 15th (Wed), browse the different shops at City of Dreams, buy something for everyone on your list at Macau Fisherman's Wharf, take in the exciting artwork at The Michael Jackson Gallery, explore the galleries of Macau Design Center, then explore the world behind art at Ox WareHouse, and finally make a trip to Ruins of St. Paul's. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Grand Prix Museum, enjoy the sea views from Guia Lighthouse, then get a sense of history and politics at Leal Senado (Municipal Council), then view the masterpieces at Exhibitions Gallery of IACM, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Augustine Square.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Macau trip planning site.

Getting from Osaka to Macau by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Macau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to do a combination of to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Macau

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Hong Kong, China

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsim Sha Tsui and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sai Wan Pavilion and Po Lin Monastery. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland, stroll around Kowloon Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamma Island.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong trip itinerary site.

You can ride a ferry from Macau to Hong Kong in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of ; or ride a ferry; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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