27 days in Shanghai, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

27 days in Shanghai, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

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27 days in Shanghai, Kyoto & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Cali, Colombia
Fly:  29​h
1
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  6​h 30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 9 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cali, Colombia

6
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.
Visiting Sheshan National Tourism Resort and Huangpu River will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Jade Buddha Temple. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Suzhou (Shantang Street & Tongli Town). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), wander the streets of Xintiandi, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Shanghai day trip planning website .

Cali, Colombia to Shanghai is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. When traveling from Cali in November, plan for colder days in Shanghai, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Himeji Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho), Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, & more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Shanghai to Kyoto takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Kyoto. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Mt. Koya, Himeji Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

9
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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