32 days in Japan & China Itinerary

32 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly
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Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly to Jiuzhai Huanglong, Bus to Jiuzhaigou County
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Jiuzhaigou County, China
— 1 day
Bus to Mianyang, Fly to Lhasa
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Lhasa, China
— 1 day
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Drive
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Luanping County, China
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan — 3 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Beijing, China to Tokyo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Beijing to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Kanazawa, Japan — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Nanto (Gokayama & Ainokura Gassho Community) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Kyoto, Japan — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife
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Himeji, Japan — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyoji Temple, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Awajihanasajiki, then get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, then make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ako Oishi Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima, Japan — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take in the pleasant sights at Yogaisan, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday builder site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 3 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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), stroll around Fuxing Park, and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 10th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Wisdom Path, take in nature's colorful creations at Chi Lin Nunnery, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hong Kong day trip tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, Hong Kong is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Xi'an.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

Xi'an, China — 1 night

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then explore the ancient world of Xi'an Bell Tower, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

Before you visit Xi'an, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hong Kong in October: highs in Xi'an hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jiuzhaigou County.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Jiuzhaigou County, China — 1 day

Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO. Some of the natural sites are considered holy by the local Tibetan and Qiang minorities, with many legends and anecdotes associated with each lake, waterfall, off-shoot valley, and snowcapped peak.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Xi'an to Jiuzhaigou County takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lhasa.
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Lhasa, China — 1 day

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Sera Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Lhasa takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Lhasa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Beijing.
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Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Beijing, China — 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, and admire the striking features of Tian'anmen.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Beijing holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lhasa to Beijing takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Luanping County.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
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Luanping County, China — 2 nights

On the 21st (Sun), see Jinshanling Great Wall. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Dong Cunrui Martyrs cemetery, then make a trip to LongXiang ShangYe Jie (LiMin Lu), and then delve into the lush surroundings at Maojing Dam Forest Park.

Find out how to plan Luanping County trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Beijing to Luanping County in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off to home.
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Japan travel guide

4.3
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.
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China travel guide

4.4
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.
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