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
— 5 nights
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 4 nights
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Harbin, China
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 8 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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and walk around Catherine Palace and Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg travel route planner.

Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary app.

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 20th (Sun) so you can fly to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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.
Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Raifa (Belfry With The Church in Honor of Archangel Michael, Trinity Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Composition Doveriye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kazan online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Kazan sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Yekaterinburg, Russia

— 5 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: make a trip to Chertovo Gorodische, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of Saint Blessed Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky, explore the activities along Weir on river Iset, and admire the masterpieces at Folk Arts Center Gamayun.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kazan to Yekaterinburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Kazan in June, Yekaterinburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Novosibirsk, Russia

— 4 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.
Novosibirsk is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Novosibirsk Zoo, don't miss a visit to Monument of Laboratory Mice, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St. Nicholas, and appreciate the history behind Glory monument.

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Traveling by train from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk takes 22 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time to Novosibirsk Standard Time is 2 hours. July in Novosibirsk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Harbin.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Harbin, China

— 3 nights

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.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral, get curious at Harbin Beer Museum, get in on the family fun at Harbin Ice and Snow World, and make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Harbin trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Novosibirsk to Harbin. The time zone changes from Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Novosibirsk in July, with highs in Harbin at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Beijing.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Beijing, China

— 5 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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get in on the family fun at Olympic Park, and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Beijing online route planner.

Traveling by train from Harbin to Beijing takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in July, expect Beijing to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Shanghai, China

— 5 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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Former French Concession, enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shanghai, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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

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. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.