31 days in Japan & Shanghai Itinerary

31 days in Japan & Shanghai Itinerary

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31 days in Japan & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Shakotan-cho, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Hakodate, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Biei-cho, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Shari-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Shanghai, China
— 7 nights
Fly + Train:  6​h 30​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Denver, United States


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1
day
Shakotan-cho, Japan

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Cape Shakotan, contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shakotan-cho road trip site .

Denver, USA to Shakotan-cho is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Shakotan-cho is 16 hours. While traveling from Denver, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Shakotan-cho, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

2
nights
Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Shakotan-cho to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Trappist Monasteries, Onuma Park Walking Path
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Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

1
day
Biei-cho, Japan

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): cruise along Patchwork no Michi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shikisai no Oka, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Biei-cho travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Biei-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. July in Biei-cho sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka

2
nights
Shari-cho, Japan

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and then get outside with Road to Heaven.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Shari-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Biei-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shari-cho, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

8
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Katori (Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori & Katori Jingu Shrine), Narita (Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Naritasan Omote Sando, & more) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The Railway Museum.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 87°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Saitama, Katori, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

7
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 explore and learn at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Lingering Garden and Pudong New Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shanghai: Suzhou (Panmen Gate & Shantang Street). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai Tower, steep yourself in history at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Shanghai trip planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Shanghai in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Suzhou
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mimurotoji Temple and Toshodaiji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Horyu-ji Temple and Kifune-jinja Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Hozenji Yokocho (in Osaka), Nara (Suzaku Gate, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more) and Hikone (Hikone Castle Museum & Hikone Castle). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Shanghai to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Hikone, Uji, Otsu, Horyu-ji Temple
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Kifune Shrine ©
Kifune Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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