15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

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15 days in China & Japan Itinerary

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fly:  27​h
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Tokyo, Japan
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  28​h
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2
days
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.
On the 16th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Great Wall at Mutianyu.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Beijing travel itinerary planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Beijing is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

2
days
Shanghai, China

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 19th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), then admire the landmark architecture of 1933 Old Millfun, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu). On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip builder.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in July, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

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Shanghai Museum
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
days
Hong Kong, China

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 23rd (Sun) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong tour planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ocean Park

1
day
Xi'an, China

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Xi'an sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, Xi'an is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
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3
days
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, religious sites, sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get advice or help at Fushimi Inari Taisha, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Xi'an to Kyoto takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari Taisha
Kiyomizu-dera
Nijo Castle

1
day
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.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Akiba Fukurou.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower

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