60 days in Russia, China & Japan Itinerary

60 days in Russia, China & Japan Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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Kazan, Russia
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
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Novosibirsk, Russia
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Harbin, China
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Osaka, Japan
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 7 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg route maker.

Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 8th (Tue), you're off to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Moscow, Russia

— 6 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Kolomna (Tram Museum, Kolomna Kremlin, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Red Square, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, take in nature's colorful creations at Lilac Garden, and admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Moscow online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kazan, Russia

— 5 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Raifa (Belfry With The Church in Honor of Archangel Michael, Raifa Monastery, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and don't miss a visit to Azimovskaya Mosque.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kazan route tool.

Getting from Moscow to Kazan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kazan are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Yekaterinburg, Russia

— 4 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Yekaterinburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Ascension, pause for some photo ops at Monument to fallen firefighters, and don't miss a visit to Monument to A. S. Popov.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Yekaterinburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Yekaterinburg when traveling from Kazan in June, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Novosibirsk, Russia

— 2 nights

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
On the 25th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Monument Electrician, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Glinka, then don't miss a visit to Fine Art City Centre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Glory monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Novosibirsk holiday site.

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Harbin.
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Harbin, China

— 1 night

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World and then see the interesting displays at Unit 731 Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Harbin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Harbin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Novosibirsk in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Harbin, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Theme Parks · Museums

Beijing, China

— 6 nights
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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, squeeze the most out of the city with WikiBeijing, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Beijing road trip planning tool.

Fly from Harbin to Beijing in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Shanghai, China

— 6 nights

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.
Spend the 6th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

Before you visit Shanghai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Osaka, Japan

— 6 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and stroll through Nara Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka holiday builder website.

Fly from Shanghai to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Osaka due to the time zone difference. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave for Kyoto on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, stroll through Katsura Imperial Villa, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

Tokyo, Japan

— 8 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Sankeien Gardens) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.