25 days in Japan & China Itinerary

25 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Motobu-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 1 night
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 1 night
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
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Zhangjiajie, China
— 2 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Lhasa, China
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Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Enoshima Island and Kiyose Sunflower Farm. Get some historical perspective at Kanda Myojin and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more) and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno District, and contemplate the long history of Hozomon.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 79°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
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 18th (Fri): stop by Shinbashi Dori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Chishaku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Motobu-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Tiger Beach, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Manza Dream Hole, and finally explore the activities along Shiokawa. On the next day, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, steep yourself in history at Cave Nyatiya, head outdoors with Bisezaki, see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, then kick back and relax at Anchihama, and finally get outside with Gorilla Chop.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Kyoto in June, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima in 8 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Ishigaki, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Yonehara Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

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Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 2 hours. In June in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and finally explore the world behind art at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa. On the next day, get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast, head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai, then head outdoors with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, then get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Shanghai, China

— 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

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 29th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Shanghai Natural History Museum (Jing'an), then stop by Taikang Road, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Former French Concession.

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You can fly from Miyakojima to Shanghai in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Miyakojima to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Miyakojima in June, plan for little chillier nights in Shanghai, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Beijing, China

— 3 nights
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 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). The Great Wall at Badaling and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), pause for some photo ops at Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), and take a stroll through 798 Art Zone.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Beijing, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Zhangjiajie, China

— 2 nights
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Zhangjiajie Junsheng Painting Institute, then take in the dramatic natural features at Xihai Stone Forest, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Tianzi Mountain Clouds, delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, and then make a trip to Xibu Street.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie trip planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Zhangjiajie in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tianshuijing Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight with Travel China Guide.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Xi'an tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Zhangjiajie to Xi'an by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Lhasa, China

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace, see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lhasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Lhasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. When traveling from Xi'an in July, plan for colder days in Lhasa, with highs around 72°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.