23 days in Japan, South Korea & Beijing Itinerary

23 days in Japan, South Korea & Beijing Itinerary

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23 days in Japan, South Korea & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Muenster, Germany
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Muenster, Germany

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Muenster, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Muenster to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Muenster in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Kasuga Grand Shrine, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online tour planner .

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

1
night
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll around Yongdusan Park, then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip builder .

You can fly from Fukuoka to Busan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Busan to Seoul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers and then see Mutianyu Great Wall. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), then get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in April, you will find days in Beijing are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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