12 days in China, Seoul & Tokyo Itinerary

12 days in China, Seoul & Tokyo Itinerary

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12 days in China, Seoul & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Beijing, China
1
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

3
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and then get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing online journey planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Nanyuan Airport and Tianjin Binhai International Airport. July in Beijing sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
On the 1st (Thu), get great views at N Seoul Tower and then shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Insadong, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seoul road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul. In August in Seoul, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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've now added Yokohama Stadium to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, shop like a local with Asakusa, and stop by Gallery Marusan.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Stadium
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at M&B Private Jewelers HongKong, trek along Peng Yu Path, and then step off the mainland to explore Lantau island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Hong Kong in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Hong Kong is minus 1 hour. In August in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 81°F at night. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

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