Trip through the Far East

This is going to be a road trip through Japan and China. You will be visiting the biggest cities is both countries.

Day 1:

On day one you will be flying from Amsterdam to Tokyo, the flight takes 11 hours. So, after the flight you can go straight to the hotel to clean up and get ready for dinner. Dinner is hosted at the Sometaro Okonomiyaki, where the main dish is Okonomiyaki (a traditional Japanese savory pancake. After dinner it is time to go to the hotel and catch some sleep. The hotel is called Hotel Metropolitan Edmond (it includes breakfast) and it is situated near the Chiyoda park.

Day 2:

Today you will start in the Chiyoda park. It contains the Tokyo Imperial Palace, the primary residence of Japans emperor. The entrance is free and you can participate in a tour of 1,5 hours. Or walk around by yourself. Once you have left the palace you will stay in the park and visit the National Museum of Modern Art. Where you get free time to walk around for 2 hours. Now it is time for lunch. From the museum it is about half an hour walk to the restaurant called Tokyo Ramen street. One and a half hours later you take the Tozai line from Nihombashi station and get off at Kudanshita station. You will have to walk 8 more minutes to the Yasukini Shrine. It commemorates Japanese war dead, it also has a war museum you can visit. Dinner will be held at Tony Roma’s. Then if a baseball game is on for the night you can watch it in the Meiji Jungū stadium. Afterwards it is time to hop into bed.  Take the Chuo-Sobu line from Shinanomachi station to Lidabashi station. From there on it is a five-minute walk to the hotel.

 

Day 3:

You will start the day off by visiting the Sensō-ji. To get there you first have to take Chuo-Subo line starting at Suidōbashi station, change lines at Akihabara station. There take Tsukuba express to Asakusa Station. From then on it is a 6-minute walk to the ancient Buddhist temple. There you get 2 hours free time, to look around and visit the shops. Afterwards take the Ginza line from Asakusa station to Ueno station. Then walk 10 minutes to the Tokyo National Museum. There you can spend 2,5 hours. In the park there is a restaurant called Innsyoutei, where you can have lunch. After lunch you are going to visit the Tokyo Tower. To get there take the Hibiya line from Ueno Station till Kamiyacho Station. After the 8-minute walk you have arrived at the Tokyo Tower. While you are in the neighbourhood also visit Zōjō-ji, a Buddist temple. To return to the hotel get on the Mita line at Oniramon station. There start packing because in the early hours we will leave to go to Kyoto.

Day 4:

It is a 6-hour drive, so we will get there around 12. First you can drop your luggage off at the hotel, Hotel Monterey Kyoto. This will be a chill day because of the long drive. Walk to the Karasuma Oike Station and use the Tozai Line. Change to the Keihan Main Line at the Sanjo Station. Get off at Shichijo Station, it takes a 7-minute walk to the Buddhist Temple Sanjūsangen-dō. There you can look at the 1001 life-sized wooden statues for about 30 minutes. Then walk 5 minutes to the Kyoto National Museum, where you can investigate calligraphy in just 1,5 hours. Take the bus to go to Tō-ji, the impressive 5-story wooden pagoda belongs to the Buddhist Temple. Then take a bus to get back to the hotel, where dinner will be served. And you have a free evening to regain energy.

Day 5:

The first spot of the day is going to be the Fushimi Inari-taisha, Mountainside Shinto shrine. You get there by getting on the Tozai Line at Karasuma Oike Station, switch at Sanjo Station to the Keihan Main Line. After about an hour and a half walk to the Inari Station and use the Nara Line, change to the San-In Line at Kyoto Station. From the Saga-Araschiyama Station you will have to walk 12 minutes. There you can walk in the bamboo forest and spot all kinds of monkeys. Right next to it is a restaurant called Kameyamaya where you will eat a late lunch. When lunch is finished take a car to go to Nijō Castle, where you can set your eyes on the beautiful gardens. There if you want eat dinner at the Koun-tei, Seiryu-en Garden. After dinner take the bus to go to Gion, a town known best for the Geishas. As an evening activity go to visit on of the tearooms and watch Geisha preform. Return to hotel by using the Hankyu-Kyoto Line. (Kawaramachi-Karasuma)

Day 6:

Set off by taking the Karasuma line from Karasuma Oike station till Karamaguchi Station. From there on walk to the Shimogamo Shrine. Walk to the Demachiyanagi Station and get on the Keihan Main Line, stop at Gion-Shijo Station. There walk to the Maruyama Park, where you can chill out and walk along the cherry blossoms and look at bronze statues. Maybe there will be someone in the outdoor music hall. Just outside the park is the luncheon called Izuju. Get back to the hotel by the Hankyu-Kyoto Line. (Kawaramachi-Karasuma) Once you have arrived pack up because it is time to change cities again. Take the Keihan Main Line (Sanjo Station) until Tofukuji Station where you change onto the Nara Line, getting off at the Nara station. The hotel you will be staying at is called Comfort Hotel Nara, drop your luggage there when you get off the train. You have free time to eat in what used to be Japan’s capital. And explore on your own.

Day 7:

Today’s itinerary exists of the Nara-koen Park, Isui-en Garden, the Todai-ji Temple, a walk through Naramachi (former merchant district) and a fire sighting. Walk from the hotel to the Isui-en Garden. Your next destination is the Todai-ji Temple. There you will find the largest bronze Buddha. 1,5 hours later you go to get yourself a nice lunch. This can be done inside the park (Rokumeien) or beside it (Kameya). After lunch comes the walk through the Naramachi. It is a 20-minute walk, once you are there you can also visit the Naramachi Museum to get an insight on how the place used to be. When you are done with walking you can return to the Nara-koen Park (next to the Isui-en Garden) and look around the statues, cherry blossoms even deer.  You get 3 hours of free time but get yourself a nice dinner in the meantime. In the evening you will go to the Omizutori (first two weeks of march) at Todaiji Temple. Afterwards return to the hotel.

Day 8:

Pack up and go to the Shin-Omiya Station to get on the Kintetsu-Nara Line, get off at the Osaka-Namba station. Walk to Namba and get on the Midosuji Line until you have reached Yodoyabashi Station. Drop the baggage off at the Hotel MyStay Dojima and eat lunch there. Use the JR Touzai-Gakkentoshi Line (Kitashinchi Station-Osakajokitazume Station) to go to the Osaka Castle, where you have 2 hours to walk around or follow a tour. Also take a look at the Hōkoku Shrine. Afterwards walk to the Museum of History, to take a look at how Osake became what it is now. Get dinner at Hotei Sushi. Visit the Dōtonbori (Tanimachi Line+ Sen-Nichimae Line), there you should visit the theatre. Lastly get back to the hotel, by taking the Yotsubashi Line from Namba Station to Nishi-Umeda station.

Day 9:

Start off by going to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Eat lunch at Coco’s Restaurant. Visit the Umeda Sky Building. And lastly before dinner go and visit the Osaka City Museum of fine arts.  Dinner will be served at Yaekatsu. Close the day by looking over the city at night time at the Tsūtenkaku. Return to the hotel.

Day 10:

From the hotel take the bus to go to the airport. And get on the 3-hour flight to Bejing. Today is a travel day. The hotel you will be staying at is called Jinjiang Inn. Next to the hotel is a park where you can walk around today.

Day 11:

Take subway line 1 and 2 to go to the Forbidden City. You can visit the museum or join a tour guide. Get on the Subway line 1 and later 5 to head to the Temple of Heaven. Now it will be dinner time, recommended is the Beijing Dumpling Restaurant. Return to the hotel.

Day 12:

Today you will visit the 20,000 km long wall aka the Great Wall of China. Rent a car and drive to Badaling. There you can hike on the wall. But remember to return to the car! On the way back make a stop at the Summer Palace. Return the car. Have dinner at Li Qun Roast Duck restaurant. It is close to Tiananmen Square where you will be spending your evening.

Day 13:

Take a plane to Shanghai (2-hour flight). You will be staying at the Home Inn, so drop off your luggage and have a stroll along the Bund, a 1500-meter-long waterside promenade with beautiful architecture. You can have dinner at Ajisan Ramen.

Day 14:

Visit the City God Temple and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Then enjoy the Yu Garden in the afternoon when it is nice and sunny. Maybe find a nearby supermarket and treat yourself to a nice picnic. Shanghai has an art museum that you should visit.

In the evening the Shanghai Circus World performs at for example the Shanghai Centre Theatre.

Day 15:

Another day in Shanghai. You will be going to the Venice of Shanghai. It is town just like it only built in Chinese style. Keeping a water front. You will take a Zhujiajioa Cruise, to see the city from a different perspective. From there you can go to the lake and rent a boat. In the evening you should climb the Shanghai World Financial Center to overlook the city at night time.

Day 16:

Pack up again and fly to Xi’an. Drop everything off at the hotel and visit the Terracota Army before it is time for dinner. After dinner visit the Drum Tower of Xi’an, because it will be beautifully lit up.

Day 17:

Have a look around at the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Also visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda so you can compare. In the afternoon visit the Huaqinggong Relic Site, it contains a mausoleum a hot spring and a waterfall. So, you will not only get information on historic events you also get to enjoy nature. In the evening enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Day 18:

It is time to get onto a plane again. This time fly to Chengdu. There you can visit the Mount Qingcheng to walk on the mountain and look at panda’s. Later visit the Chengdu Wu Hou Shrine. In the evening catch up on some sleep.

 

 

Day 19:

Fly to Hong Kong. Get on the Peak Tram and see the wonders of Hong Kong. In the afternoon visit Mong Kok, where you can shop in narrow streets. Or visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple. In the evening another lookout point: Victoria Peak.

Day 20:

Visit the Lantau Island. You should visit Ngong Ping. It contains Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha.

Day 21:

Time to go home again…