44 days in China, Japan & Seoul Itinerary

44 days in China, Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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44 days in China, Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  13​h
1
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  5​h 45​min
4
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Hiroshima, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
8
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
9
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Do some cultural sightseeing at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), examine the collection at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, take a stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Beijing trip itinerary planning site .

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Beijing. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Beijing at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 27th (Sat), stroll the grounds of Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), then take an in-depth tour of Shaanxi History Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sanqing Hall of Daminggong Palace, examine the collection at Forest of Stone Steles Museum, then see the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Xi'an trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Xi'an sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling) ©

3
nights
Chengdu, China

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Qingcheng and Qingyang Palace (Green Ram Temple). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wenshu Yuan Monastery and Jinli Pedestrian Street. Spend the 30th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Xi'an to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng
Wenshu Yuan Monastery ©
Wenshu Yuan Monastery
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Visiting Repulse Bay and Lamma Island will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Centre of Macau and Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Hong Kong: Macau (Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte), Macao Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Dragon's Back, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), and admire the striking features of Chi Lin Nunnery.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Chengdu to Hong Kong in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hong Kong, with lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Macau
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Repulse Bay Beach ©
Repulse Bay Beach
Historic Centre of Macau ©
Historic Centre of Macau
Mandarin's House ©
Mandarin's House

5
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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.
Humble Administrator's Garden and Xitang Ancient Town will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tongli Town. Explore Shanghai's surroundings by going to Suzhou (Shantang Street & The Lingering Garden). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Buddha Temple, take a stroll through Pudong New Area, and make a trip to Bund International Architecture Exhibition.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
Highlights from your plan
Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The War Memorial of Korea and Changgyeonggung Palace. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Cheonggyecheon Stream will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jogyesa Temple, and don't miss a visit to Bongeunsa Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Seoul day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Korea Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Shanghai in August, with highs in Seoul at 35°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
The War Memorial of Korea ©
The War Memorial of Korea

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daishoin Temple and Kuromatsu Beach. Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Matsuyama Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Senjokaku) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mochiishi Seacoast, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll through Bay Side Beach Saka, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle, Mochiishi Seacoast, Kuromatsu Beach, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Namihaya Beach and Matsue Swimming Beach. Get in touch with nature at Arima Onsen and Amore Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Akashi, Horyu-ji Temple, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kifune-jinja Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ito Chubei Memorial House (in Toyosato-cho), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Shirahama Beach (in Takahama-cho). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online attractions planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Otsu, Shirahama Beach, Hikone Castle, Ito Chubei Memorial House
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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.
Get in touch with nature at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mitsuishi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Koura Beach and Kencho-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Terugasaki Beach (in Oiso-machi), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)) and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mitsuishi Beach, Terugasaki Beach, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Koura Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

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