38 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

38 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 8 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 5 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Shinsekai Kanpai Street), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Ide Sake Brewery) and Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Japan

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Komatsu (Natadera Temple & Aratama Valley) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kannonshoji Temple (in Omihachiman), Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho) and Kora-cho (Saimyo-ji Temple & Saimyo-ji Temple Main Hall). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eko-in Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Katsuragi Highlands, contemplate the long history of Kuriyama Family Residence, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho road trip app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 4 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hara Hirone Road (in Inagawa-cho), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple (in Kobe). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, cruise along Royu Driveway, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route builder.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Koya-cho in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Himeji tour builder tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Itsukushima Shrine) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Beijing, China

— 8 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.
Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), stop by Nanluoguxiang, and get in on the family fun at Olympic Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip planner.

Fly from Hiroshima to Beijing in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hiroshima to Beijing is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in December: highs in Beijing hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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.