13 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

13 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly
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Macau, China
— 2 nights
Ferry to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Fly to Hyderabad

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Seoul, South Korea

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Grevin Museum, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Sejong the Great, then take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Seoul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Hyderabad to Seoul, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Hyderabad in February: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at National Maritime Research Institute, stroll around Chikurin Park, identify plant and animal life at Kiyose Sunflower Farm, go for a walk through Inokashira Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at ARONA SPA, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get in on the family fun at Gundam Front Tokyo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shibuya Fureai Botanical Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip site.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in February, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 12°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, then see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, stroll around The Tower of the Sun, see the interesting displays at Expo'70 Pavilion, then enjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, and finally admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

1
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Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, hike along Nosoko Forest Road, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Osaka to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in February, things will get much warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Shanghai, China

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), then don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan).

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shanghai day trip planning tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Shanghai by flight takes about 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ishigaki to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. In February, Shanghai is colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Parks

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Macau, China

Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
On the 19th (Fri), head off the coast to Coloane, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hac Sa (Black Sand) Beach, and then try to win big at Casino at Venetian Macao. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mandarin's House, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Parisian Macau, then get great views at Skycab Cable Car (Wynn Palace), and finally head outdoors with Cotai Strip Resorts.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Macau visit planner.

Getting from Shanghai to Macau by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Macau

Outdoors · Parks · Casinos · Beaches

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.