11 Days China and Japan Discovery Tour

Beijing-Xian-Shanghai-Tokyo

Tour Code: TCT-Japan-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: All year around

Price from on request

Free Inquiry

Tour Feature

 Handpicked private tour covering China and Japan
 Explore the world heritages like The Great Wall and Meiji Jingu
 Go through the culture differences between China and Japan
 

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Beijing Transfer service to hotel
02 Beijing Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City
03 Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest and Water Cube
04 BeijingXian Summer Palace, Hi-speed train to Xian
05 Xian Ancient City Wall, TaiChiChuan Course, Terracotta Warriors
06 XianShanghai Small Wild Goose Pagoda, fly to Shanghai
07 Shanghai Shikumen, Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Old Street, the Bund
08 ShanghaiTokyo Transfer to airport, fly to Tokyo, transfer to Tokyo hotel by sharing shuttle bus/ airport limousine
09 Tokyo

Ueno Park, Ueno Toshogu Shrine, Hanazono Inari Shrine, Ameyoko old market, Meiji Jingu Shrine, TMGB(Observatory in 45th Floor)

10 TokyoHakone

Owakudani Valley, Sounzan to Togendai by Hakone Ropeway, Mt Fuji, Lake Ashi cruising

11 Departure Tokyo Transfer service to airport by sharing shuttle bus/ airport limousine

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with TCT signboard. Then our guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.


Beijing City View
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

TCT local guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. It will be an exciting day as we will explore the world well-known wonders today. The 1st stop is Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Besides, you will see local seniors doing morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, playing cards, playing chess etc.

Then our group will move to a less commercial Hutong nearby. A short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of the authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

Then continue this Beijing city treasure city by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. Drive back to hotel, we will have a stop at pearl store en route. Please feel free to consult with your local guide about the evening activities in Beijing, such as the night shows of Beijing.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 3 Beijing

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

It will be an exciting day today. In the early morning, guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours driving from the downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (***Cable car and slideway are available at Mutianyu Great Wall. It is optional and excluded from our price***)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. Drive back to downtown of Beijing. We will have a stop at a tea store en route. When we reach Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for 2008 Beijing Olympic. The tour finishes by dropping off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestion about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.


Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4BeijingXi'an

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

In the morning, check out from hotel and start to visit the last spots in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as the representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Summer Palace
Beijing Hutong
 

Day 5Xi'an

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Today we will have a full day to explore this historical and cultural city in China. Pick up from hotel in the morning, and then have a visit to the landmark of Xi'an---Xian City Wall. You could choose to have a bicycle riding on the city wall (***Bicycle riding is optional and excluded from our price***). An impressive Tai Chi Chuan course is arranged at the City Wall for you. Originating from the roots of classical Chinese culture, Tai Chi Chuan absorbed a variety of sources including the Book of Changes, Taoism and Buddhism. With a professional Tai Chi Master's teaching, you will understand Chinese culture better.

After that, we will drive to the highlights in Xi’an ---the Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors, we will have a stop at a pottery workshop, where you will have chance to learn how to make a pottery figure.  A la carte lunch is arranged at a local restaurant nearby Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, we will have enough time to visit this world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

The tour finishes by dropping-off at the hotel lobby. You could ask your local guide for some information about evening entertainment or night show, such as Tang Dynasty Show.


Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 6Xi'anShanghai

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

You will have a leisure morning for your to walk around. We will check out at noon time and drive to have lunch directly. In the afternoon, Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda ,  one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty buddha temples. It is  reputed as the Tang Dynasty elaborate and valuable Buddhist architectural heritage. While visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will have chance to watch the traditional shadow play, visit Jianfu Temple as well as Xi'an Museum.

Take a flight to Shanghai, the local guide will meet you at Shanghai airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.


Shanghai city view
 

Day 7Shanghai

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by walking into Nong Tang, the alleys in Shikumen, where you could witness the locals' relaxing and plain life. You will also find the unique architectural feature of Shanghai.

Then continue the day trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Yuyuan Bazaar (Chenghuangmiao Old Street) nearby.

After a la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to Shanghai Silk Museum before moving to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum(The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River. 

the bund
The Bund
 

Day 8Shanghai Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

After a leisure breakfast and check out the hotel, our guide will excort you to the airport for your flight to Tokyo. Arrival Tokyo, our local representative will wait for you at the NRT/HRD airport and help you to get on the sharing shuttle bus and our driver will transfer you to hotel. Check in hotel and enjoy your leisure time.

Tokyo-city-view
Tokyo City View
 

Day 9Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Today is your time to explore the Tokyo city. Our local guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel. First we will go to the Ueno Park, famous for being the best palace to enjoy the cherry blossom among the local residents. We will walk around in Ueno Park and visit Ueno Toshogu Shrine and Hanazono Inari Shrine. Then we walk to the Ameyoko old market, an open-air market with approximately 164,227 square feet. Once a black market, it has become one of Tokyo’s most vibrant places with a huge array of food, clothing, jewelry, toys and cosmetics. You will be recommended to the local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch time, we head to the Meiji Jingu, a large Shinto shrine in Tokyo, built in 1920 to venerate the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) under whose reign Japan became a modern state. Surrounded by the huge Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu is in a green setting - almost with a rural calm feel, making it the most visited religious site in Japan. 

After it, we get to the Observatory in 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (TMGB) to enjoy the 360-degree Tokyo city view including the Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji if the weather permits.

Tour ends by escorting you back to the hotel with guide.

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Jingu
 

Day 10TokyoHakone

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Today we will head to Hakone by taking the Express train (Romance Car with wide view, 1.5hrs). Hakone is one of Japanese most popular tourist destinations with easy access from Tokyo, attracting tourists seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can also enjoy the beauty of nature including views of nearby Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi when the weather is clear. We take the Hakone ropeway from Sounzan to Togendai and enjoy Lake Ashi cruising to see the splendid scenery from an observatory deck, Mt.Fuji, Gulf of Sagami and Lake Ashi. En route, we could visit the Owakudani Valley and taste the special black onsen egg there.

After having enjoyed scenery, we return to Tokyo.

Mt. Fuji
Mt Fuji
 

Day 11Departure Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

Our local representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and bring you to a sharing shuttle bus /airport limousine to NRT/HRD airport for your flight to next destination.

Service Ends

Please note: Public transfer is more used in Japan for its mature and well developed public transportation system. By this way, we could cut the cost of Japan tour to the lowest level for our customers while keeping up with the same high quality of our service.

Day 1Arrival Beijing

Meals: No Meals
Accommodation: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be greeted by our local guide at the airport with TCT signboard. Then our guide will transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day for you to get over the jet lag.


Beijing City View
 

Day 2Beijing

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la carte Chinese lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

TCT local guide will meet you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. It will be an exciting day as we will explore the world well-known wonders today. The 1st stop is Temple of Heaven, the existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven and a place where the emperors prayed for a year of abundance. In the visit of Temple of Heaven, you will be astonished by the exquisite ancient Chinese architectures. Besides, you will see local seniors doing morning exercises in the square and full of vigor. You will have chance to watch Chinese Kongfu, Taichi, square dancing, playing cards, playing chess etc.

Then our group will move to a less commercial Hutong nearby. A short walking along the authentic Beijing Hutong will give you a deep impression of the local residents’ live. A la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant to have a taste of the authentic Chinese food at noon time and have a break at the restaurant.

Then continue this Beijing city treasure city by a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest city center square, the locality of numerous major political and historical events. It is the witness of Chinese development. It is only a walking distance from Tian'anmen Square to Forbidden City, the world's existing largest and most complete ancient wooden structure buildings. You will explore the glorious palace halls and gardens for more than 2 hours in Forbidden City, learning the legendary story of the emperors and how the royal family lived there. You will be stunned by the numerous old art treasures exhibited in halls. Drive back to hotel, we will have a stop at pearl store en route. Please feel free to consult with your local guide about the evening activities in Beijing, such as the night shows of Beijing.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
 

Day 3 Beijing

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A la Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Beijing

It will be an exciting day today. In the early morning, guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. Today we will visit the must-visit spot in Beijing--- Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the famous sections of China Great Wall. It takes about 2 hours driving from the downtown of Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. (***Cable car and slideway are available at Mutianyu Great Wall. It is optional and excluded from our price***)

A la carte lunch is arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of Mutianyu. Drive back to downtown of Beijing. We will have a stop at a tea store en route. When we reach Beijing, we will have a photo stop outside the Bird Nest and Water Cube, which were the famous sites constructed for 2008 Beijing Olympic. The tour finishes by dropping off at your hotel. If you would like to try local specialty tonight, you could ask for some suggestion about Peking Roast Duck Restaurant.


Mutianyu Great Wall
 

Day 4BeijingXi'an

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

In the morning, check out from hotel and start to visit the last spots in Beijing --- Summer Palace, the existing largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are regarded as the representative of Summer Palace. In the park, you could choose to take a boating trip on the lake, enjoying the beautiful royal garden view. Walk along the Long Corridor--- the longest corridor in the world, admiring the extremely rich and prestigious paintings on the beams of the corridor.

A la carte lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant on the way to Beijing West Railway Station to take high speed train (2nd class seat, duration: about 5-5.5 hours) from Beijing to Xi'an. TCT guide will wait at the exit of Xi'an train station with our signboard and transfer you to check in hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the time.

Summer Palace
Beijing Hutong
 

Day 5Xi'an

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Xian

Today we will have a full day to explore this historical and cultural city in China. Pick up from hotel in the morning, and then have a visit to the landmark of Xi'an---Xian City Wall. You could choose to have a bicycle riding on the city wall (***Bicycle riding is optional and excluded from our price***). An impressive Tai Chi Chuan course is arranged at the City Wall for you. Originating from the roots of classical Chinese culture, Tai Chi Chuan absorbed a variety of sources including the Book of Changes, Taoism and Buddhism. With a professional Tai Chi Master's teaching, you will understand Chinese culture better.

After that, we will drive to the highlights in Xi’an ---the Terracotta Warriors. On the way to Terracotta Warriors, we will have a stop at a pottery workshop, where you will have chance to learn how to make a pottery figure.  A la carte lunch is arranged at a local restaurant nearby Terracotta Warriors. In the afternoon, we will have enough time to visit this world wonder --- Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation.

The tour finishes by dropping-off at the hotel lobby. You could ask your local guide for some information about evening entertainment or night show, such as Tang Dynasty Show.


Terracotta Warriors
 

Day 6Xi'anShanghai

Meals: Hotel breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

You will have a leisure morning for your to walk around. We will check out at noon time and drive to have lunch directly. In the afternoon, Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda ,  one of the most well-preserved Tang Dynasty buddha temples. It is  reputed as the Tang Dynasty elaborate and valuable Buddhist architectural heritage. While visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will have chance to watch the traditional shadow play, visit Jianfu Temple as well as Xi'an Museum.

Take a flight to Shanghai, the local guide will meet you at Shanghai airport and transfer you to check in the hotel.


Shanghai city view
 

Day 7Shanghai

Meals: Hotel Breakfast, A La Carte Lunch
Accommodation: In Shanghai

The last day but still an inspiring day to explore the city of Shanghai,the largest and most modern city in mainland China. We will start the tour by walking into Nong Tang, the alleys in Shikumen, where you could witness the locals' relaxing and plain life. You will also find the unique architectural feature of Shanghai.

Then continue the day trip to Yuyuan Garden which is a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then continue to explore the Yuyuan Bazaar (Chenghuangmiao Old Street) nearby.

After a la carte lunch is served at a local restaurant, we continue our trip to Shanghai Silk Museum before moving to the foot of The Oriental Pearl TV Tower to visit Shanghai City History Museum(The Former Shanghai Wax Museum), where you will know more about the history and development of Shanghai. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd ball of the TV tower, from which you will have a bird-eye view of Shanghai. Go on driving through Lujiazui, the finance & trade zone in Pudong of Shanghai, where you will find many skyscrapers. We will have a view of the modern skyline of Shanghai.

Then back to the Bund, admire the illuminated buildings lining the Huangpu River. From the Bund, you could see the landmark of Shanghai--- The Oriental Pearl TV Tower as well as other high-rised buildings, just on the opposite of Huangpu River. 

the bund
The Bund
 

Day 8Shanghai Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

After a leisure breakfast and check out the hotel, our guide will excort you to the airport for your flight to Tokyo. Arrival Tokyo, our local representative will wait for you at the NRT/HRD airport and help you to get on the sharing shuttle bus and our driver will transfer you to hotel. Check in hotel and enjoy your leisure time.

Tokyo-city-view
Tokyo City View
 

Day 9Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Today is your time to explore the Tokyo city. Our local guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel. First we will go to the Ueno Park, famous for being the best palace to enjoy the cherry blossom among the local residents. We will walk around in Ueno Park and visit Ueno Toshogu Shrine and Hanazono Inari Shrine. Then we walk to the Ameyoko old market, an open-air market with approximately 164,227 square feet. Once a black market, it has become one of Tokyo’s most vibrant places with a huge array of food, clothing, jewelry, toys and cosmetics. You will be recommended to the local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch time, we head to the Meiji Jingu, a large Shinto shrine in Tokyo, built in 1920 to venerate the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) under whose reign Japan became a modern state. Surrounded by the huge Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu is in a green setting - almost with a rural calm feel, making it the most visited religious site in Japan.

After it, we get to the Observatory in 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (TMGB) to enjoy the 360-degree Tokyo city view including the Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji if the weather permits.

Tour ends by escorting you back to the hotel with guide.

Meiji Shrine
Meiji Jingu
 

Day 10TokyoHakone

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Tokyo

Today we will head to Hakone by taking the Express train (Romance Car with wide view, 1.5hrs). Hakone is one of Japanese most popular tourist destinations with easy access from Tokyo, attracting tourists seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can also enjoy the beauty of nature including views of nearby Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi when the weather is clear. We take the Hakone ropeway from Sounzan to Togendai and enjoy Lake Ashi cruising to see the splendid scenery from an observatory deck, Mt.Fuji, Gulf of Sagami and Lake Ashi. En route, we could visit the Owakudani Valley and taste the special black onsen egg there.

After having enjoyed scenery, we return to Tokyo.

Mt. Fuji
Mt Fuji
 

Day 11Departure Tokyo

Meals: Breakfast

Our local representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel and bring you to a sharing shuttle bus /airport limousine to NRT/HRD airport for your flight to next destination.

Service Ends

Please note: Public transfer is more used in Japan for its mature and well developed public transportation system. By this way, we could cut the cost of Japan tour to the lowest level for our customers while keeping up with the same high quality of our service.

Prices (per person in US$)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

You May Also Like These Tours

17 Days Classic Japan and China tour

Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Nara-Osaka-Beijing-Xi'an-Guilin-Shanghai

from on request

4 Days Tokyo Fuji Private Tour

Tokyo-Hakone

from on request

7 Days Classic Japan Tour

Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Nara-Osaka

from on request

Search for a Tour

Select More Cities

Duration

I love this tour.

May I have a special rate?

Enquire This Tour

I have other tour plan.

I prefer to customize my trip.

Tailor-made Your Trip

Enquire This Tour Tailor-made Tour