40 days in Japan & China Itinerary

40 days in Japan & China Itinerary

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40 days in Japan & China Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Atami, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kawazu-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Naniwa, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Kita, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Shantou, China
— 1 night
+2
taxi + train + bus:  3​h 30​min
10
Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Urayasu to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 26th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder app .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Atami.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Atami, Japan

Atami ©
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atami: Ito (Izu Glass and Craft Museum & Ikeda 20th Century Museum), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, & more). Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Mount Fuji, look for gifts at Mikiseika, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and go for a walk through Tenkakudai.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Atami route tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Atami takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Atami: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kawazu-cho.

Things to do in Atami

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Chubu, Ito, Lake Kawaguchi, Hase-dera Temple
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
nights
Kawazu-cho, Japan

Kawazu-cho ©
A good base for exploring the scenic Izu Peninsula, the town of Kawazu-cho, partly set in within a national park, remains well-known for its many hot spring resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kawazu-cho: Matsuzaki-cho (Inashimo Shrine & Senganmon), Izu (Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, Yomotokan, & more) and Shimoda (Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan, Iritahama Beach, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hatchoike Pond, see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, go for a stroll along the water at Okuiro Beach, and steep yourself in history at Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kawazu-cho online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Atami to Kawazu-cho takes 2 hours. In February, Kawazu-cho is a bit warmer than Atami - with highs of 11°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kawazu-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Izu, Shimoda, Matsuzaki-cho, Okuiro Beach
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba
Inashimo Shrine ©
Inashimo Shrine

3
nights
Nara, Japan

Nara ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Kobe Fashion Museum (in Higashinada), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, & more) and Kobe (Ishoan, Nunohiki River Valley, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip planner.

Drive from Kawazu-cho to Nara in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Kawazu-cho in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nara, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho, Kizugawa, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
nights
Naniwa, Japan

Naniwa ©
On the 11th (Mon), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, try out the rides at SpaWorld, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Naniwa day trip planner .

You can drive from Nara to Naniwa in an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Naniwa

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

2
nights
Kita, Japan

Kita ©
On the 13th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Ajigawa Tunnel, then admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, view the masterpieces at Hankyu Umeda Gallery, don't miss a visit to The Former Nishio Family House, then take an in-depth tour of Imashirotsuka Ancient Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daimon-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Duskin Honsha 2F Terrace.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kita day trip planning website .

Kita is just a stone's throw from Naniwa. In February in Kita, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Suita, Imashirotsuka Ancient Museum, Daimon-ji Temple
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Oriental Ceramics ©
Museum of Oriental Ceramics
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and take a stroll through Gion.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kita. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Suzhou (Suzhou Museum & Luzhi Town). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai visit planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Shanghai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto to Shanghai, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Shanghai are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shantou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Suzhou
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

1
night
Shantou, China

Shantou ©
Shantou, China usually refers to Shantou (汕头), a Prefecture-level city in Guangdong Province. On the 24th (Sun), stroll through Tian Tan Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jufeng Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chen Ci Hong Mansion, and finally contemplate the long history of Chen Cihong Former residence.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shantou trip planner .

You can fly from Shanghai to Shantou in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Shantou: highs are around 23°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shantou

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Chen Cihong Former residence ©
Chen Cihong Former residence

6
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 25th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 27th (Wed) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), stroll through Nan Lian Garden, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong journey app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and bus from Shantou to Hong Kong takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and subway. In February, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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