45 days in China, Japan & Java Itinerary

45 days in China, Japan & Java Itinerary

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45 days in China, Japan & Java Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  14 h
1
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nagoya, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h
9
Magelang, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

4
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Beijing road trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to China Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Beijing when traveling from Zurich in Februar, with lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

5
nights
Shanghai, China

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: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Shanghai vacation website.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in Februar, things will get a bit warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine) and Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium (in Onomichi). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

Find out how to plan Hiroshima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Hiroshima is 1 hour. In März, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Tobishima Kaido, Mt.Noro, Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in März, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Okageza, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Toba (Former Toba Elementary School, Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, let the kids burn off some steam at Kasumi Yumekujira Park, steep yourself in history at Nagoya Higashiyamaso, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagoya tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In März, daytime highs in Nagoya are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Chubu Park, Kasumi Yumekujira Park, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In März in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and walk around Kabira Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip website.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong visit planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hong Kong by flight takes about 5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ishigaki to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In März, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Magelang.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

2
nights
Magelang, Indonesia

Magelang ©
Surrounded by mountains and rich in cultural heriatage, Magelang offers plenty of vacation ideas.
Go for a jaunt from Magelang to Prambanan to see Prambanan Temples about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Borobudur Temple, don't miss a visit to Taman Sari, hike along Wisata Alam Pos Mati Giritengah, and get impressive views of Puncak Merapi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Magelang trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hong Kong to Magelang by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Magelang due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hong Kong in April: high temperatures in Magelang hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Magelang

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yogyakarta Region, Prambanan Temples
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Puncak Merapi ©
Puncak Merapi
Borobudur Temple
Borobudur Temple
Prambanan Temples ©
Prambanan Temples

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