42 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

42 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 4 nights
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Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Shimukappu-mura, Japan
— 7 nights
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ginza Itoya Hontren, Yushukan, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ueno District and Takeshita Street. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Samukawa Shrine in Samukawa-machi--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Akihabara, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kiunkaku and Choanji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and Hakone Stone‐paved Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka), Yamanaka Castle Ruins (in Mishima) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg. & Itchiku Kubota Art Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kintoki, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and take in nature's colorful creations at Little Prince Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, make a trip to Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Nara, Japan

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, then explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nara online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Kyoto, Japan

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, then look for all kinds of wild species at Takatoridai, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Asse.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Spas · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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.
On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour builder tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nagoya, Japan

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Take a break from the city and head to Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank and Yamazaki River. Get a sense of the local culture at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Jingu Chokokan Museum. Take a break from Nagoya with a short trip to Tsukiyominomiya in Ise, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Sakae, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, and explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in January, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Sapporo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Sapporo, Japan

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, then get outside with Sapporo Teine, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Okurayama Lookout.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Nagoya to Sapporo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nagoya in January; daily highs in Sapporo reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Shimukappu-mura, Japan

— 7 nights
You've now added Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoshino Resort Tomamu and Nupukano Sato. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mina-Mina Beach and Fujimaru Department Store. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shimukappu-mura: Onsen Resorts (in Otofuke-cho), Obihiro (Obihiro Shrine & Beet Museum) and Biratori-cho (Nibutani Ainu Museum & Yoshitsune Shrine).

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shimukappu-mura online holiday planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Shimukappu-mura in 2.5 hours. January in Shimukappu-mura sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -7°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beijing.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Beijing, China

— 5 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.
Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai) will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and St. Michael's Church. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with 798 Art Zone, and pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Shimukappu-mura to Beijing with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Shimukappu-mura to Beijing. When traveling from Shimukappu-mura in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Hatsukaichi, Japan

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Miyajima has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Senjokaku and Daishoin Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Michi-no-Eki Kaminoseki Kaikyo and Woodone Museum of Art. Take a break from Hatsukaichi with a short trip to Sandan-kyo in Akiota-cho, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate the long history of To no Oka, take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Hatsukaichi in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Beijing in February; daily highs in Hatsukaichi reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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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.