23 days in Dubai, China & Japan Itinerary

23 days in Dubai, China & Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Dubai, China & Japan Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train + subway:  2​h
7
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
subway + train:  3​h
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dubai road trip site .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Dubai is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Gulf Standard Time is 7 hours. In September, Dubai is warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 46°C and lows of 36°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Dubai

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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4
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and contemplate the long history of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing trip itinerary site .

Getting from Dubai to Beijing by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get much colder in Beijing: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Muslim Quarter, then enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta).

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an route planning site .

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 38°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

3
nights
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.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in September, with highs in Shanghai at 33°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Shanghai to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, & more). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

You can plan Osaka trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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 27th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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