15 days in Japan & China Itinerary

15 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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15 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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


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3
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, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Odaiba, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Durango, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Durango to Tokyo. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online tour planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the striking features of 1933 Old Millfun, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road). On the next day, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then take a stroll through Maoming Road, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai online trip maker .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Shanghai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. December in Shanghai sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

3
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, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean Park, and find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in December, expect nights in Hong Kong to be much hotter, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see Mutianyu Great Wall and then make a trip to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip maker tool .

You can fly from Hong Kong to Beijing in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in December, expect Beijing to be cooler, temps between 40°F and 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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