60 days in Russia, China & Japan Itinerary

60 days in Russia, China & Japan Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 8 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 5 nights
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 4 nights
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Harbin, China
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Catherine Palace and Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg travel route planner.

Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Must see
The State Hermitage Museum
4.7
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Specialty Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
4.8

6
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Moscow, Russia

Moscow

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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World heritage site
Moscow Kremlin
4.7
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World heritage site
Red Square
4.7

5
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Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Raifa (Belfry With The Church in Honor of Archangel Michael, Trinity Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Composition Doveriye.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kazan online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Kazan sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Kazan Kremlin
4.9
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Religious Site
Kul Sharif Mosque
4.8

5
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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Yekaterinburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Chertovo Gorodische, steep yourself in history at Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Alexander of the Neva, and contemplate the waterfront views at Weir on river Iset.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yekaterinburg online travel planner.

You can fly from Kazan to Yekaterinburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kazan in June since evenings lows in Yekaterinburg dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 2:
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Historic Site
The Time Capsule
4.8
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Ekaterinburg Guide Center
5.0

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Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk ©

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Novosibirsk is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Novosibirsk Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Glory monument, don't miss a visit to Bugrinsky Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St. Nicholas.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Novosibirsk road trip planning site.

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk by train takes about 22 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk due to the time zone difference. July in Novosibirsk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
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3
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Harbin, China

Harbin

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral, get curious at Harbin Beer Museum, get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, and make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Harbin trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Novosibirsk to Harbin. The time zone changes from Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Novosibirsk in July, with highs in Harbin at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
Highlights from your trip
Specialty Museum
Unit 731 Museum
4.2
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Specialty Museum
Saint Sophia Cathedral
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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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Beijing online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in July, expect Beijing to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

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Must see
Mutianyu Great Wall
4.8
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World heritage site
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
4.6
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World heritage site
The Palace Museum
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Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©

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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
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Scenic Walking Area
The Bund (Wai Tan)
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Shanghai to Osaka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 28:
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Historic Site
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
4.4
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
4.3

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 4:
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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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