17 days in Beijing & Tokyo Itinerary

17 days in Beijing & Tokyo Itinerary

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17 days in Beijing & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  22​h
1
Beijing, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

7
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to 798 Art Zone or Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chinese Imperial Post and Yunfoshan Ski Resort. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, step into the grandiose world of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and browse the different shops at Raffles City.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beijing online sightseeing planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Beijing is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to China Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Beijing to be much colder, temps between 5°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Shirosaki Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Moroiso Shores and Araihama Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Osakana Mura (in Katsuura) and Misaki Asaichi (in Miura). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, shop like a local with Shimokitazawa, and browse the exhibits of Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Miura, Sumidagawa River Terrace, Minato Mirai 21, Osakana Mura, Shirosaki Beach
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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