59 days in China & Japan Itinerary

59 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zagreb, Croatia
Fly + Bus:  17 h 45 min
1
Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 45 min
2
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Onna-son, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 6 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
12
Beijing, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Zagreb, Croatia


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3
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Potala Palace and Barkhor Street. Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lhasa online itinerary planner.

Zagreb, Croatia to Lhasa is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Zagreb to Lhasa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zagreb in July, expect Lhasa to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden) ©
Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Xitang Ancient Town and Former French Concession. You'll explore and learn at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Three on the Bund. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Suzhou (Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Garden Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Tian Zi Fang, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan).

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lhasa to Shanghai takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Lhasa in July, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: get outside with Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Miyakojima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Miyakojima. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nei Museum of Art or Pinion Direct Shop. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, head outdoors with Sukuji Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

Discover how to plan a Ishigaki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 20th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online trip builder.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. July in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

6
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Daisekirinzan. Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOMfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Nakijin-son (USS Emmons, Akabaka Beach, &more), Fukugawa Falls (in Nago) and Motobu-cho (Sesoko Jima, Sesoko Labyrinth, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, make a trip to Cape Maeda, explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and get great views at Cape Hedo.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Onna-son trip builder website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nanjo, Yomitan-son
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, then look for gifts at Tatematsuru, and then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Nature
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

7
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ginkakuji Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Asahiyaki and Daimaru Museum Umeda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Minami (Namba) (in Namba), Dotombori (in Dotombori) and Ise (Okageza, Oharai-machi, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise, Osaka, Asahiyaki, Nara Park
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 5:
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Higashiyama Walking Course. Get some cultural insight at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Art Museum & Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan)), Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, Nomura Family Samurai House, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, stop by Curnontue, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama journey planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Takayama hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Kanazawa, Matsumoto
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:
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Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Jogasaki Coast. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Mount Fuji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Motosuko Lake, Oishi Park, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), stop by Omuro Mountain Lift, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in August, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ito, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori, Toi Beach
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Hase-dera Temple and Sankeien Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, &more) and Hase-dera Temple Kannondo (in Kamakura). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Ikspiari
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station

7
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.
For shopping fun, head to 798 Art Zone or Nanluoguxiang. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Palace Museum and National Museum Of China. There's still lots to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, and take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Beijing itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Beijing takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tokyo in August since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 24°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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