43 days in Japan, China & South Korea Itinerary

43 days in Japan, China & South Korea Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights
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Tianjin, China
— 1 night
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Shenzhen, China
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©

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.
Shop till you drop at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Former French Concession. Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and take a stroll through Tian Zi Fang.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary app.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Shanghai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Shanghai is 7 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Shanghai: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)

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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.
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jie. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), pause for some photo ops at Bell and Drum Towers, and stroll around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To see ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing vacation builder site.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in April, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tianjin.

Things to do in Beijing

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

1
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Tianjin, China

Tianjin ©
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), and then contemplate the long history of Consulate in Puppet Manchuria Site.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tianjin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beijing to Tianjin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Tianjin sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Tianjin

Highlights from your plan
Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie) ©
Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie)

4
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Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lantau island and Ruins of St. Paul's. For shopping fun, head to Stanley or Bee's Diamonds. Get out of town with these interesting Shenzhen side-trips: Hong Kong (Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), Victoria Peak (The Peak), &more) and Macau (City of Dreams & Casino at Venetian Macao).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shenzhen trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tianjin to Shenzhen takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tianjin in April, with highs in Shenzhen at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Lantau island ©
Lantau island

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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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Take a break from Seoul with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Insadong, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

Plan my day in Seoul using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Shenzhen to Seoul in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Shenzhen to Seoul is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Shenzhen in April: highs in Seoul hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get outside with Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, and then hunt for treasures at Busan Gamcheon Culture Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, stroll around Yongdusan Park, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Busan online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple

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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.
Odaiba District and Hase-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Ginza and Nihonbashi Bridgefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kōtoku-in, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Minami (Namba). Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka travel route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get some historical perspective at Nagoya Castle and Ise Shrine Geku. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ise Grand Shrine and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine & Oharai-machi) and Hikone (Genkyuen Garden, Hikone Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, and make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Kitano Temman Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally shop like a local with Kobe Harborland.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kobe day trip app.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kobe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kobe are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) ©
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online vacation planner.

Getting from Kobe to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kobe in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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