43 days in China & Japan Itinerary

43 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 3 nights
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Izu, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Harbin, China
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Hong Kong, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kids will enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, head off the coast to Lantau island, and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong day trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hong Kong is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Singapore in February, expect nights in Hong Kong to be slightly colder, around 17°C, while days are colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Kabira Bay and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, walk around Banna Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong to Ishigaki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Motobu-cho, Japan

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, then make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then head outdoors with Mt. Yaedake, and finally look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then try out the rides at SpaWorld.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning app.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in February; daily highs in Osaka reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

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.
Kids will enjoy Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Nagoya, Japan

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Tokugawa Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Kakamigahara (Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum & Shinsakai River Tsutsumi), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Izu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Izu, Japan

— 3 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Family-friendly places like Nakaizu Green Club and Ikeda museum of 20th century art will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Izu side-trips: Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course (in Gotemba), Numazu Kokusai Country Club (in Numazu) and Susono (Five Hundred Club & Tomei Country Club). There's lots more to do: tee off at Izu Heights Golf Club, explore the world behind art at Ivory Craft Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, and don't miss a visit to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Izu driving holiday site.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Izu in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nagoya in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Izu, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Golf · Outdoors · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Izu to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izu in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tokyo, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Harbin.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Harbin, China

— 2 nights

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World, and then stroll around Zhaolin Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Jiuzhan Park and then examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral.

Start your trip to Harbin by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Tokyo to Harbin by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for little chillier days in Harbin, with highs around 4°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

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.
Bring the kids along to Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), don't miss a visit to Juyongguan Great Wall, and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner.

Fly from Harbin to Beijing in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Harbin in March: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 17°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Shanghai, China

— 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shanghai trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in March, Shanghai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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.

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.