52 days in China, Japan & Taipei Itinerary

52 days in China, Japan & Taipei Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Naha, Japan
— 5 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 10 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
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Beijing, China
— 7 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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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 Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 13 hours. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kanazawa.

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ABC Cooking Travel ©
ABC Cooking Travel
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then look for gifts at Yamato Soy Sauce Higashiyama, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 14th (Sat), make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Matsumoto, Japan

Matsumoto ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ueda Castle (in Ueda) and Karuizawa-machi (Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, Shiraito Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and explore the activities along Myojin Pond.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Matsumoto hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Naha.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

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Naha, Japan

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave), Gahijima Sand Dune (in Zamami-son) and Motobu-cho (Bisezaki, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, kick back and relax at Tokashiku Beach, and take a memorable tour with Street Kart Okinawa.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Naha trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Naha in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Matsumoto in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 32°C in Naha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle

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Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli), Pingxi (Shifen Waterfall Walk Area, Shifen Waterfall, &more) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Taipei 101, identify plant and animal life at YOLO Taiwan, skim along the rocks with Shawa Canyoning, and visit Ximending.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taipei road trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Taipei in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Naha to Taipei, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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YehLiu Geopark ©
YehLiu Geopark
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and stroll through Lantau island.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Hong Kong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. September in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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Beijing, China

Beijing
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, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Beijing road trip planning app.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Beijing in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in September, plan for slightly colder days in Beijing, with highs around 31°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 17°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beijing

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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Beijing in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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