26 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

26 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea
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Jeju, South Korea
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Shanghai, China
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Beijing, China
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nezu Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Nezu Shrine and Yanaka District. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and admire the natural beauty at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder website.

Oklahoma City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkoan, don't miss a visit to Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), take in the spiritual surroundings of Honen-in, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and finally stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour builder website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally walk around Nakanoshima Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jogyesa Temple and Changdeokgung Palace. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine, and explore the world behind art at National Folk Museum of Korea.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Seoul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Samseonghyeol and Black Pork Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Woljeongri Beach and Jeju April 3rd Peace Park. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, view the masterpieces at The Islander, get engrossed in the history at Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kim Kyung-Sook Sunflower Farm.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jeju trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Travel China Guide and Former French Concession. Get in touch with nature at Shanghai Sanjia Port Coastal Tourist Areas and Sanjiagang Seaside Resort. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and browse the different shops at Shanghai International Glasses Mall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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Beijing, China

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). For shopping fun, head to 798 Art Zone or Plastered T-shirts (Nanluoguxiang shop). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Beijing travel app.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in June, plan for little chillier nights in Beijing, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Japan travel guide

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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.

South Korea travel guide

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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.

China travel guide

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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.