60 days in Japan & China Itinerary

60 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kamakura, Japan
— 3 nights
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Yokohama, Japan
— 3 nights
Subway to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Taizhou, China
— 3 nights
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Fuzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Changsha, China
— 3 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
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Zhengzhou, China
— 3 nights
Fly to Liuting Airport, Drive to Weifang
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Weifang, China
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Do your shopping at Takeshita Street and Asakusa. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billund to Tokyo. Traveling from Billund in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Kamakura, Japan

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get some cultural insight at Hase-dera Temple and Okeba Gallery & Shop. Do your shopping at Aoki no Himono Atami Ekimae and Terrace Mall Shonan. Explore Kamakura's surroundings by going to Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Odawara Castle (in Odawara). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kōtoku-in, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kamakura trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Kamakura, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Japan

— 3 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Yokohama Chinatown are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Yokohama Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Center and Gotemba Premium Outletsfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Gotemba (Ebisembei-no-Sato, Gotemba & Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, walk around Yamashita Park, get all the information you need at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, and find something for the whole family at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Yokohama by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yokohama, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple 3 Storey Tower.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of subway and train from Yokohama to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nara, Japan

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Todai-ji Temple and Nara Park. Head to Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo and Nara Familyfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. For shopping fun, head to Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori or Minami (Namba). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the galleries of Mint Museum.

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Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Art Nomura and Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Awaji (Awaji Highway Oasis, Awajihanasajiki, &more) and Akashi (Kyu Hatosaki Torodo & Uontana Shopping Street). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Himeji tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in April: highs in Himeji hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Fukuoka, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Head to Osakana Tengoku and Acros Fukuokafor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Hakatamachiya Furusatokan. Venture out of the city with trips to Hirabaru Historical Park (in Itoshima), Nanzoin (in Sasaguri-machi) and Dazaifu (Tenkai Inari Shrine & Ishiana Inari Shrine). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, look for gifts at Sumiyoshi Sake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Fukuoka by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. April in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Three on the Bundfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Former French Concession, take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fukuoka to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. April in Shanghai sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Taizhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Taizhou, China

— 3 nights
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jiangnan Great Wall and Qiantong Ancient Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Zhedong Canyon of Ninghai (in Ninghai County) and Shenxianju Scenic Resort of Xianju (in Xianju County).

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taizhou attractions planner.

You can drive from Shanghai to Taizhou in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Fuzhou.

Things to do in Taizhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Fuzhou, China

— 3 nights

City of Banyans

The capital of Fujian province, the old port city of Fuzhou offers a seamless fusion of nature and industry, historic architecture and sprawling high rises.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Xinhuadu shopping Square (Wusi Road) and Wanda Plaza (Ngau Hom Shek Road). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Architectural buildings of Sanfang Qixiang and Zhuzi Workshop and Fuzhou Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xichan Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Drum Mountain (Gu Shan), and walk around Xihu Park of Fuzhou.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fuzhou sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Taizhou to Fuzhou takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Changsha.

Things to do in Fuzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Changsha, China

— 3 nights

Star City

A good starting point for explorations of the province, Changsha stands as a modern city with 3,000 years of history behind it.
Head to Hyatt party ID Mall and Changsha Nanjiao Parkfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hunan Provincial Museum and Mao Zedong's Former Residence (Shao Shan). Take a break from Changsha with a short trip to Nan'an Old-style Private School in Shaoshan, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around Martyr's Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Mount Yuelu, enjoy breathtaking views from Changsha Ferris wheel, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Huangxing Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Changsha trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Fuzhou to Changsha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Changsha

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Chengdu, China

— 3 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Suit Republic and Galleria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Kuanzhai Alley. The adventure continues: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Chengdu trip planner.

Getting from Changsha to Chengdu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. May in Chengdu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Zhengzhou.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Zhengzhou, China

— 3 nights

Business City

With a population of nearly 10 million rapidly rising, Zhengzhou stands out as one of the major urban centers on the Yellow River.
Henan Museum and Shaolin Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Zhengzhou, make a side trip to see Fawang Temple in Dengfeng, approximately Dengfeng away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to ZZICEC, examine the collection at Henan Geological Museum, explore the activities along Yellow River, and contemplate the long history of Erqi Strike Monument Tower.

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Fly from Chengdu to Zhengzhou in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Weifang.

Things to do in Zhengzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Weifang, China

— 3 nights
Weifang is a prefecture-level city in central Shandong province, People's Republic of China. Shop till you drop at Qingyunshan Amusement park and Weifang department Store. Get some cultural insight at Kite Museum and Weifang Shihuyuan Garden - Outdoor Museum. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Fuhua Amusement park and stroll around Weifang People's Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Weifang online vacation builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zhengzhou to Weifang. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Weifang

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and 798 Art Zonefor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take some stellar pictures from Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), admire the striking features of Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace, and make a trip to Bell and Drum Towers.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip website.

You can drive from Weifang to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Beijing are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.

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.