32 days in Japan & China Itinerary

32 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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32 days in Japan & China Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Matsue, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Yufu, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h
8
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
9
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
10
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
11
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Washington DC, United States


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2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
On the 5th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Tokyo Little House and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Minato Mirai 21, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then look for gifts at Wa Space, and finally wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning site .

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagano driving holiday planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some cultural insight at Gallery Otera and Hataya Textile Factory Memorial Hall. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Kanazawa Phonograph Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama), Ikko Ikki History Museum (in Hakusan) and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). And it doesn't end there: stop by MIKOTO Tea House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Angoji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

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

You can take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Katsuyama, Kita Family House, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Ikko Ikki History Museum, Angoji Temple
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten. Explore hidden gems such as The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto) and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura). The adventure continues: stop by Curnontue, get outside with Fukuchi Kabe no Aodaru, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daio-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Takayama route planning site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Takayama sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Norikura Kogen (Highland), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Station Building and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Nowaki, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation planning app .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Matsue, Japan

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Izumo Taisha Shrine and Adachi Museum of Art. Shop till you drop at Rihaku Shuzo and Osakana Center Mikuriya. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, & more) and Daisen-cho (Daisen & Juunji Temple). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matsue online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Izumo, Daisen-cho, Adachi Museum of Art
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Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle

2
nights
Yufu, Japan

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
For shopping fun, head to Angel Kimono Rental Beppu or JR Oita City. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center and Yamabuki Suigen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yufu: Usa (Usajingu Shrine, Oita Prefectural Museum of History, & more), Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa) and Daikanbo (in Aso). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Homme Blue Cafe, explore the activities along Ikeyama Springs, take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection, and identify plant and animal life at Ogi Rice Terraces.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yufu attractions planner.

Getting from Matsue to Yufu by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Yufu can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Ubuyama-mura, Usa, Beppu, JR Oita City, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu

1
night
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Yonehara Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Keep things going the next day: stop by Pinion Direct Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then stroll around Kabira Park, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Yufu to Ishigaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yufu in June, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Iriomote Island. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, don't miss a visit to Nakama-river Protected Region, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Todomari Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima day trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. June in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 29th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. June in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

1
night
Shanghai, China

Shanghai
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.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally view the masterpieces at Three on the Bund. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at island6 Arts Center, appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, stop by Tian Zi Fang, then take a stroll through Xintiandi, and finally take a stroll through Former French Concession.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Shanghai takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima to Shanghai, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Shop till you drop at 798 Art Zone and Nanluoguxiang. And it doesn't end there: see Mutianyu Great Wall, browse for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market, stroll through Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Beijing travel route planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in July, Beijing is slightly colder at night with lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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