15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
2
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
3
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
4
Miyakojima, Japan
— 1 night
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights


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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven. Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip maker website.

Durango, USA to Beijing is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durango to Beijing is 15 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Beijing when traveling from Durango in December, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), thenget to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai day trip site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Shanghai: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

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

3
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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Po Lin Monastery and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Explore hidden gems such as Sai Wan Pavilion and Food Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, don't miss a visit to Lion's Pavilion at The Peak, wander the streets of Soho, and contemplate the long history of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in December, expect nights in Hong Kong to be much hotter, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time 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
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) ©

1
night
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 17th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach and then head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then get outside with Aragusuku Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima day trip planning app.

Fly from Hong Kong to Miyakojima in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Miyakojima is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in December: highs in Kyoto hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train 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

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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 District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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