12 days in Japan, Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

12 days in Japan, Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

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12 days in Japan, Beijing & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Shanghai, China
— Few hours
Cruise:  44​h
3
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
Cruise:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 day
Cruise:  21​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 day
Cruise:  57​h
6
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Monterrey, Mexico

2
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.
You've now added Simatai Great Wall to your itinerary.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing tour itinerary maker site .

Los Angeles, USA to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Beijing. In febrero, Beijing is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 6°C and lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Simatai Great Wall ©
Simatai Great Wall

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan) and then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online trip builder .

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; 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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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

1
night
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Shanghai to Kobe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Shanghai in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Port Tower ©
Kobe Port Tower

1
day
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.
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, pick up some new kitchen skills with Haru Cooking Class, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Street Kart Tokyo Bay as well as Tokyo Skytree. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree and then go all around town with Street Kart Tokyo Bay.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo journey planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Outdoors
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Street Kart Tokyo Bay ©
Street Kart Tokyo Bay
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

1
night
Shanghai, China

Shanghai
On the 7th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of 1933 Old Millfun, don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road). Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, then take a stroll through Xintiandi, then take a stroll through Former French Concession, and finally get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai travel route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Shanghai by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train 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

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©

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