31 days in China, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

31 days in China, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Hakodate, Japan
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  9 h 15 min
3
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Onna-son, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
5
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
9
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  16 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Omotesandofor plenty of shopping. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Yokohama Chinatown in Yokohama--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder app.

Wellington, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Wellington to Tokyo, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Tokyo is warmer than Wellington - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

4
nights
Hakodate, Japan

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Onuma Park Walking Path and Motomachi. Get some historical perspective at Goryokaku Park and Cape Esan Lighthouse. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, get into the urban bustle at Hakodate Community Design Center, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hakodate trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in July, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 26°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

3
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nanapito Hompo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Inafuku Shuhan Honten. Explore Iriomote-jima's surroundings by going to Ishigaki (Pinion Direct Shop, Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Iriomote-jima takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in July; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 38°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Ishigaki
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

4
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Shop till you drop at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Diamond Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ashibina Outlet Mall (in Tomigusuku), Nago (Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yambaru Local Products Center & Ordnance Tactical Okinawa) and Aiai Farm (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: stop by HIRO COFFEE FARM and stroll through Cape Manzamo.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 5.5 hours. In July in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nago, Kaboten no Mise Nakasone, Ashibina Outlet Mall, Aiai Farm, HIRO COFFEE FARM
Highlights from your plan
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Ashibina Outlet Mall ©
Ashibina Outlet Mall

2
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 17th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then pick up some local products at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, and then look for gifts at Hida Bussankan.

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Getting from Onna-son to Takayama by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Onna-son in July, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel website.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Myeongdong Shopping Street or Gyeongdong Market. Popular historic sites such as Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ Haemaru Village). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, shop like a local with Dongdaemun Market, and steep yourself in history at Namsangol Hanok Village.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seoul sightseeing app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Seoul in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In July in Seoul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Paju
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Visit Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tian'anmen for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, steep yourself in history at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and shop like a local with Wang Fu Jing Da Jie.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a stroll through Tsim Sha Tsui East, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), then stop by Lane Crawford, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Stanley.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hong Kong road trip planning app.

You can fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Hong Kong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Stanley ©
Stanley
Tsim Sha Tsui East ©
Tsim Sha Tsui East

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