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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). On your second day here, hike along Great Wall at Mutianyu.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beijing tour planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Beijing is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to China Standard Time is 13 hours. In July in Beijing, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

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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), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), then admire the landmark architecture of 1933 Old Millfun, and finally admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Shanghai travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, Shanghai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

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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. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hong Kong tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Xi'an.

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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.
Kick off your visit 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.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Xi'an. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

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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: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Xi'an to Kyoto in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

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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), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, make a trip to Meiji Jingu, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Akiba Fukurou.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu
Tokyo Tower

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