Natural beauty, elegant culture, and sophisticated architecture will immerse you in the past while the vivacious energy of the contemporary cities will lead you into the future throughout your custom-tailored highlights tour of China and Japan. The harmony between temples and nature will mesmerize you while the stunning cuisine balances traditional dishes with a newer aesthetic that will make your mouth water. From geisha performances to wandering the Great Wall, viewing Mount Fuji to exploring...
Beijing – China’s Bustling Capital with the Day at your Leisure
Beijing is a city of grandeur and elegance, history and modernity touched with a brash fast-pace that leaves an indelible impression on its visitors. Your private transfer will greet you at Beijing Capital International Airport upon your arrival in China’s capital city, where the remarkable design of the streets derives from a city of assimilation dating back to the incoming forces of the Manchu and the Mongols. The aromas of steamed dumplings emanate for street-carts and luxurious restaurants have reimagined traditional staples on the Beijing table introducing gorgeous flavors and with unique aesthetics for locals looking for an elevated dining experience or an easy bite in one of the city’s more than 60,000 restaurants.
After settling into the comforts of your centrally located hotel, you have the remainder of the day at your leisure to get acquainted with marvels of Beijing. The mixture of soaring buildings and verdant parks give way to historical lanes that hide fabulous temples, including Yonghe Gong, or the Lama Temple. Nearby, the Hall of the Kings of Heaven contain a remarkable statue of Buddha surrounded by four kings. Each figure holds an allegorical object, such as a shield, sword, toad, or snake.
Day 2 - 4
Beijing – Tiananmen Square and the Extravagant Forbidden City
Day 5 - 7
Beijing – The Remarkable Great Wall and Famous Olympic Stadium
Kyoto – Lovely Kyoto, Japan with the Day at your Preferred Pace
Kyoto – The Tremendous Charms of History and Beautiful Kyoto
Kyoto – Explore the Stunning Golden Pavilion and Bamboo Forest
Tokyo – The Scenic Bullet Train to Tokyo for the Day at Leisure
Tokyo – The Dynamic City of Tokyo on a Prefecture Highlights Tour
Tokyo – The Majesty of Mount Fuji and Owakudani Boiling Valley
Tokyo – Depart for Home
- Walk along the Great Wall of China at one of the less-crowded sections that offer a spectacular view of the mountainside and the historical battlements
- Enjoy the graceful and sophisticated movements of a maiko, a geisha’s apprentice, during an evening dinner and performance in Kyoto
- Embrace the grandeur of the Golden Pavilion’s gilded walls and ceilings that are harbored in the serene landscape found along the edges of Kyoto
- Discover the historical importance and grand design of Tiananmen Square in the Beijing
- Traverse the grand halls and preserved stateliness of the Forbidden City that emanates from the approximately 8,000 rooms that form the complex
- Relax with a tranquil view of Mount Fuji along the winding trails and from the comforts of the Fifth Station on the famous mountain’s slopes
- Explore the fascinating manicured grounds and distinctive archways that line the long entryway to Meiji Shrine
- Step through the halls of the former Shogunates and galleries in which the emperor declared the former Edo ruling class illegal at Nijo Castle
Tradition will act as a guiding principle as modernity glows in the big cities during your 10-day highlights tour of China and Japan. Authenticity reigns in the dynamic history that spreads throughout both the sprawling suburbs and the cutting-edge urban landscapes. The remarkable, distinctive sceneries lead to staggering mountain chains that are crowned by the Great Wall or the slopes that lead to the snowcapped summit of the captivating Mount Fuji. Skyscrapers and neon lights touch the streets of Beijing and Tokyo with contemporary ambiance while the backstreets shine with traditional structures and the aromas of customary dishes. China and Japan are amalgamations of their respective pasts expressed in the preservation of culture intertwined with the eager view of the future.
Your immersive adventure in China and Japan will begin with your arrival in Beijing. Several nights in the capital of China will bring you to the heart of custom and culture as the fascinating history of the city and the country bubble to the surface as you visit Tiananmen Square and the fascinating galleries of the Forbidden City. Wander the secluded streets in search of hidden temples and visit the captivating Jinshanling section of the Great Wall. You also have the opportunity to view the famous Olympic Stadium known as the “Bird’s Nest” for an insightful view of the incredible feat of architectural design and engineering.
Move next to Kyoto and to the cultural center of Japan for three nights. Spending time in the enchanting ambiance of the city that has preserved its past will offer you a chance to bask in the tranquility of the gardens, quiet restaurants, and the approximately 2,000 temples and shrines scattered across the hills. Experience the continued elegance of a geisha performance during a show starring apprentices as they are honing their sophisticated skills. Enjoy the elegance of Nijo Castle as it layers the beauty and prestige of the Edo Era accentuated by architecture like the Golden Pavilion and manicured scenery like the Bamboo Forest.
Three nights spent in Tokyo will highlight the mixture of contemporary design as it towers above the antique buildings that are scattered around the backstreets. Neon lights become a collage of futuristic amusements that lead to charming temples that are fused with the aroma of burning incense. Traversing the prefectures of the city will offer insight into the impressive designs of preserved shrines like Meiji-Jenji and a former imperial residence. Venturing outside of the capital for a day will broaden the panorama of Mount Fuji along the Fifth Station and offer fabulous views of the iconic summit. Spend time traversing the Hakone gondola and cross the Owakudani Boiling Valley for a different perspective on the rugged mountains and verdant shores surrounding Lake Ashi. Looking for more recommended China and Japan travel inspiration? Consider browsing our China and Japan travel reviews page.
$5,679 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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