47 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

47 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

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47 days in Japan & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Beijing, China
— 32 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
2
Aomori, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Ajigasawa-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Hachimantai, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Semboku, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Tsuruoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Yamagata, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Koriyama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Minamiaizu-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Chennai, India


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32
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yi County South Lake (in Yi County), Ji County (Jizhou Baita Temple & Temple of Solitary Joy (Dule si)) and Keyuan Garden (in Dongguang County). The adventure continues: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and admire the landmark architecture of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip builder site .

Chennai, India to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Chennai to Beijing, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in January, things will get much colder in Beijing: highs are around 3°C and lows about -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ji County, Yi County South Lake, Keyuan Garden
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

1
night
Aomori, Japan

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Jomon Jiyukan, then buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, then admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aomori Asamushi Aquarium, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Aomori Bay Bridge, then get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Beijing to Aomori in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Beijing in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Aomori: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ajigasawa-machi.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping Museums Baths
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A-FACTORY ©
A-FACTORY
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

1
night
Ajigasawa-machi, Japan

Ajigasawa-machi ©
On the 12th (Wed), head outdoors with Shirakami no Mori Trail and then head outdoors with Aomori Spring Ski Resort.

Before you visit Ajigasawa-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Ajigasawa-machi takes 1.5 hours. February in Ajigasawa-machi sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Ajigasawa-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Aomori Spring Ski Resort ©
Aomori Spring Ski Resort

1
night
Hachimantai, Japan

Hachimantai ©
On the 13th (Thu), cruise along Hachimantai Asupite line, make a trip to Hachimandaira Promenade Peak, then take in the pleasant sights at Kuroyachi Wetland, then hit the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hachimantai day trip planning site .

Getting from Ajigasawa-machi to Hachimantai by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Hachimantai can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort

2
nights
Semboku, Japan

Semboku
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 14th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Tazawako Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, then take a stroll through Samurai District, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, and then experience rural life at Koiwai Farm.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Semboku day trip website .

You can drive from Hachimantai to Semboku in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Koiwai Farm
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Tazawako Ski Resort ©
Tazawako Ski Resort

2
nights
Tsuruoka, Japan

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, walk around Tsuruoka Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Haguro, then don't miss a visit to Jijisugi, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Gassan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then steep yourself in history at Sankyo Soko Storehouse, and finally explore the world behind art at Ken Domon Museum of Photography.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Semboku to Tsuruoka takes 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakata, Mt. Gassan
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Sankyo Soko Storehouse ©
Sankyo Soko Storehouse
Mt. Gassan ©
Mt. Gassan
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

2
nights
Yamagata, Japan

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): test the waters at a local thermal spa, hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then don't miss a visit to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, then get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma, and finally walk around Kajo Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Bunshokan, visit Sendai Mediatheque, then steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yamagata trip planner .

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Yamagata in 2 hours. In February in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Koriyama.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sendai
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

1
night
Koriyama, Japan

Koriyama ©
Kōriyama is a city in central Fukushima Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 329,339 and a population density of 435 persons per km². On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiseizan Dai Jingu Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then engage your brain at Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park, and finally stroll around Kaiseiyama Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Koriyama day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Koriyama takes 2 hours. February in Koriyama sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Minamiaizu-machi.

Things to do in Koriyama

Parks Baths Museums
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Kaiseiyama Park ©
Kaiseiyama Park
Kaiseizan Dai Jingu Shrine ©
Kaiseizan Dai Jingu Shrine
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Minamiaizu-machi, Japan

Minamiaizu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hit the slopes at Aizu Kogen Takatsue Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Aizukogen Daikura Ski Area, cruise along Nichien Momiji Line, then identify plant and animal life at Numappara Marshland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itamuro Onsen Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Minamiaizu-machi road trip planning site .

Drive from Koriyama to Minamiaizu-machi in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Koriyama in February, with highs in Minamiaizu-machi at 8°C and lows at 5°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minamiaizu-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nasushiobara, Nichien Momiji Line
Highlights from your plan
Numappara Marshland ©
Numappara Marshland
Itamuro Onsen Shrine ©
Itamuro Onsen Shrine
Onsen Resorts

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