55 days in Japan, China & Singapore Itinerary

55 days in Japan, China & Singapore Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Nanjing, China
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Nikko, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 1 day
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 8 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 7 nights
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Singapore, Singapore
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanluoguxiang and Pop-UP Beijing. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market), contemplate the long history of Bell and Drum Towers, and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Beijing is 7 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect nights in Beijing to be somewhat warmer, around 9°C, while days are much warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

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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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Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta). Popular historic sites such as Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Xi'an Mosque are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, explore the world behind art at Tang Bo Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shaanxi History Museum, and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Xi'an online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Former French Concession and Tian Zi Fang will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), take in panoramic vistas at Jin Mao Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shanghai itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Xi'an in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Nanjing.

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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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Nanjing, China

Nanjing ©
Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing was the capital city of numerous dynasties over the ages.
Slender West Lake and The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) and Presidential palace of Nanjing. Step out of Nanjing to go to Yangzhou and see Daming Temple, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nanjing City Wall (Ming City Wall), don't miss a visit to Shiziqiao Food Street, and delve into the distant past at Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nanjing trip maker website.

Getting from Shanghai to Nanjing by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Nanjing are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nanjing

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling) ©
Sun Yatsen Mausoleum (Zhongshan Ling)
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre ©
The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre
Slender West Lake ©
Slender West Lake

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ginza and Senso-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Kōtoku-in. Change things up with a short trip to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nanjing to Tokyo in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nanjing to Tokyo. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Yomeimon (Main Gate). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kousyuuya and Iwafune Fruits Park. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano), Tochigi City Kauemoncho Traditional Buildings Preservation Area (in Tochigi) and Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Visit Odawara Castle Tenshukaku and Odawara Castle for their historical value. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Hamamatsuyafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja) and Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi journey planning tool.

Getting from Nikko to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, contemplate the long history of Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then stop by Nakamachi Street, and finally stop by Nawate Shopping District.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Head to Sakuda Honten and Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecturefor plenty of shopping. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) & Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, make a trip to Omicho Market, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary maker site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Matsumoto in May, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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Nagase house ©
Nagase house
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Ryoanji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodoin in Uji--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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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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Nara, Japan

Nara ©

Ancient City

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.
Popular historic sites such as Todai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Koya and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Jokiin, &more) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nara online visit planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Singapore.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and Thian Hock Keng Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Singapore Botanic Gardens and Madame Tussauds Singapore. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Orchard Road, take a stroll through Chinatown, admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Helix Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Singapore trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Nara to Singapore in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nara to Singapore. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nara in May; daily highs in Singapore reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Singapore

Side Trip

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Gardens by the Bay ©
Gardens by the Bay
Singapore Botanic Gardens ©
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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