29 days in South Korea, Japan & Beijing Itinerary

29 days in South Korea, Japan & Beijing Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 1 night
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Ulleung-gun, South Korea
— 1 night
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Seoul, South Korea
— 1 night

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Palace Museum and 798 Art Zone. Mutianyu Great Wall and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple (Tanzhe Si).

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Beijing trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Beijing is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Beijing, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Beijing, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beijing

Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Fukagawa Edo Museum. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). The adventure continues: stop by Odaiba District, shop like a local with Asakusa, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Beijing to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Tokyo. When traveling from Beijing in April, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 14th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and finally make a trip to Gion.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Take a break from the city and head to Bukhansan National Park and Korea National Arboretum. Pack the 21st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Insadong, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, and stop by Bukchon Hanok Village.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Seoul in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Seoul are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©

Museum Without Walls

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cheomseongdae Observatory, explore the activities along Anapji Pond, and then contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb. On the next day, examine the collection at Gyeongju National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Seokguram, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulguksa Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju trip planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Gyeongju in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seoul in April, you will find days in Gyeongju are little chillier (14°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Ulleung-gun.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram ©
Seokguram
Gyeongju National Museum ©
Gyeongju National Museum

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Ulleung-gun, South Korea

Ulleung-gun ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bongnae Falls and then see the interesting displays at Dokdo Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ulleung-gun trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gyeongju to Ulleung-gun. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Ulleung-gun

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dokdo Museum ©
Dokdo Museum

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Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): test the waters at a local thermal spa and then get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seoul trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Ulleung-gun to Seoul with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market
Thermal Spas

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