26 days in China, Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

26 days in China, Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

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26 days in China, Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  15​h
1
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
9
Macau, China
— 3 nights
10
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, kick back and relax at Sawada no hama Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, Miyakojima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Miyako Shrine ©
Miyako Shrine

3
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Take a break from the city and head to Nakama-river Protected Region and Nakamoto Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble and Shiraho Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Todomari Beach (in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima) and Fuki Beach (in Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho). The adventure continues: stop by Yurateiku Market and get engrossed in the history at Taketomi Folk Art Museum.

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Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi Folk Art Museum
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Shiraho Beach ©
Shiraho Beach
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Marunouchi and then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao, then have fun at Showa Kinen Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Showa Kinen Park, Mt. Takao
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Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Ueno ©
Ueno
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

3
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Takayama Showa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then ponder the world of politics at Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Takayama vacation planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hida, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kamogawa River and Mt. Kurama. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo-jo Castle and Kyoto Station Building. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Ryuo-cho to see Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and make a trip to Gion.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Takayama in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Lake Biwa
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple and then explore the world behind art at Koyasan Reihokan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, see the interesting displays at Japan Mint, take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, then examine the collection at Cup Noodle Mueseum, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation app .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, then take in the natural beauty of Jiaosi Hot Spring, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wufengchi Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Wulai, then explore the striking landscape at Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley), and then look for gifts at Dihua Street.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Taipei trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Osaka to Taipei takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Taipei. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in April: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jiaoxi, Wulai
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Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley) ©
Dihua Street ©
Dihua Street
Wulai ©
Wulai

1
night
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Takao Railway Museum, explore the galleries of The Pier-2 Art Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ai He (Love River), and finally browse the different shops at Dream Mall Shopping Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip planner.

You can take a train from Taipei to Kaohsiung in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taipei in April: high temperatures in Kaohsiung hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Macau.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)
Takao Railway Museum ©
Takao Railway Museum

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nights
Macau, China

Macau ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ruins of St. Paul's and Kun Iam Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to City of Dreams and Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at The Grand Canal Shoppes, try your luck at Casino at Venetian Macao, examine the collection at Grand Prix Museum, and get outside with Cotai Strip Resorts.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Macau trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Kaohsiung to Macau in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kaohsiung in April: highs in Macau hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Macau

Outdoors Shopping Beaches
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Cotai Strip Resorts ©
Cotai Strip Resorts
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's
City of Dreams ©
City of Dreams

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nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Repulse Bay, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Stanley, Hong Kong, and then stroll through Tai Long Wan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Tsim Sha Tsui East, take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze).

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong itinerary planner.

Getting from Macau to Hong Kong by ferry takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or drive. April in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Repulse Bay Beach ©
Repulse Bay Beach
Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui

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