15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

Start: Durango, United States
Fly:  26​h
1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Miyakojima, Japan
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  18​h 45​min
End: Durango, United States


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2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and explore the galleries of The Palace Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner .

Durango, USA to Beijing is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Durango in December, Beijing is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Beijing, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Shanghai, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Jade Buddha Temple ©
Jade Buddha Temple

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Repulse Bay Beach. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Sai Kung, steep yourself in history at Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and don't miss a visit to Lion's Pavilion at The Peak.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. While traveling from Shanghai, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Hong Kong, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Sai Wan Pavilion ©
Sai Wan Pavilion
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery

1
night
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 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima day trip website .

Fly from Hong Kong to Miyakojima in 7 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong to Miyakojima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, you will find days in Kyoto are little chillier (52°F), and nights are much colder (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 21st (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace and then wander the streets of Odaiba. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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