55 days in Japan, China & Singapore Itinerary

55 days in Japan, China & Singapore Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Nanjing, China
— 4 nights
Train to Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 1 day
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 8 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 7 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jie. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), browse the eclectic array of goods at Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market), pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers, and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Beijing is 7 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect nights in Beijing to be somewhat warmer, around 9°C, while days are much warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:

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Xi'an, China

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). Popular historic sites such as Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Xi'an Mosque are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Beijing to Xi'an in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Jade Buddha Temple will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For photos and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip builder website.

Getting from Xi'an to Shanghai by train takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Xi'an in April since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nanjing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:

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Nanjing, China

Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Slender West Lake and Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Daming Temple and Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, contemplate the long history of Jiming Temple, make a trip to Shiziqiao Food Street, and see the interesting displays at Presidential palace of Nanjing.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nanjing trip planner.

You can take a train from Shanghai to Nanjing in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ginza and Kōtoku-in. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nanjing to Tokyo in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nanjing to Tokyo. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:

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Nikko, Japan

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Yomeimon (Main Gate). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kousyuuya and Iwafune Fruits Park. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano), Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga) and Tochigi City Kauemoncho Traditional Buildings Preservation Area (in Tochigi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

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Hakone-machi, Japan

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Visit Odawara Castle Tenshukaku and Odawara Castle for their historical value. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Lake Kawaguchi) and Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planning tool.

Drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

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Matsumoto, Japan

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, contemplate the long history of Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then stop by Nakamachi Street, and finally stop by Nawate Shopping District.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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Kanazawa, Japan

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Kanazawa Castle. Head to Sakuda Honten and Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecturefor plenty of shopping. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary maker site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Matsumoto in May, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

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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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodoin in Uji--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online road trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 24:

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Nara, Japan

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Popular historic sites such as Todai-ji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Koya and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Jokiin, &more) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, and don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 31:

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Singapore, Singapore

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and The Helix Bridge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Madame Tussauds Singapore. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Orchard Road, take a stroll through Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Thian Hock Keng Temple.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Singapore trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Nara to Singapore takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Nara to Singapore is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nara in May, with highs in Singapore at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

China travel guide

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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.

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.