12 days in Japan, Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

12 days in Japan, Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Kobe, Japan
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Beijing, China

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.
You've now added Simatai Great Wall to your itinerary.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Beijing online itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Beijing is 16 hours. In February, Beijing is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 6°C and lows of -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Shanghai, China

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.
On the 28th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan) and then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai itinerary maker website.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Beijing in February; daily highs in Shanghai reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Parks
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Kobe, Japan

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe travel route website.

You can travel from Shanghai to Kobe in 44 hours. Other options are to fly; or ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Kobe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in March, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji, Haru Cooking Class and Ginkakuji Temple. On the 3rd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, learn something new at Haru Cooking Class, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Nijo Castle.

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Travel from Kobe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Classes
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Tokyo, Japan

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 day by day itinerary now includes Street Kart Tokyo Bay as well as Tokyo Skytree. On the 4th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree and then gear up at Street Kart Tokyo Bay.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation site.

Traveling by journey from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 21.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Shanghai, China

Pearl of the Orient

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the striking features of 1933 Old Millfun, take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road). On the next day, admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, then stop by Xintiandi, then wander the streets of Former French Concession, and finally get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai day trip planning site.

You can travel from Tokyo to Shanghai in 57 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

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Japan travel guide

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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.