56 days in Japan, South Korea & China Itinerary

56 days in Japan, South Korea & China Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 5 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Changwon, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Jinju, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Gyeongsan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive to Daegu Airport, Fly to Jeju International Airport
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Beijing, China
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Hakone-machi, Japan

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River, and finally kick back and relax at Senbonhama Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi route planner.

Perth, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in June, Hakone-machi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Ueno District and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 5 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Torinji Temple and Wasurenaishi. Appreciate the collections at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi and Ishigakijima Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble in Ishigaki (about 3h 30 min away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Haemida Beach, identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, head outdoors with Todomari Beach, and don't miss a visit to Nakama-river Protected Region.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 7.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 89°F and lows are around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 5 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Appreciate the collections at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakusugi Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Nagata Inakahama and Isso Beach. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, look for gifts at Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center, visit Yakushima Environmental Culture Learning Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho takes 11.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in June; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 79°F and lows reach 69°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sanjusangendo Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kurokabe Square (in Nagahama) and Tanoura Beach (in Tsuruga). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour builder site.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri): have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then examine the collection at Busan Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Busan Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Busan trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Busan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Busan, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Gyeongju, South Korea

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gyeongju National Museum, kick back and relax at Yeongildae Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Jukdo Market. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gyeongju National Park.

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Drive from Busan to Gyeongju in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Gyeongju sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Changwon.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Changwon, South Korea

— 2 nights
Changwon is the capital city of Gyeongsangnam-do, on the southeast coast of South Korea. On the 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun, then examine the collection at Jinhaesiripbangmulgwan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yeojwacheon Stream. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Haman Lotus Theme Park, then contemplate the long history of Haman Mujinjeong Pavilion, then examine the collection at Haman Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Anmingogae Pass.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Changwon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gyeongju to Changwon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Gyeongju in July, expect nights in Changwon to be about the same, around 78°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Jinju.

Things to do in Changwon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Jinju, South Korea

— 2 nights
Jinju is a city in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Jinju Museum, explore the historical opulence of Jinjuseong, then explore the world behind art at Jinju Art Museum, and finally take a peaceful walk through Gyeongsangnamdo Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hallyeohaesang National Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jinju online travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Changwon to Jinju. In July in Jinju, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gyeongsan.

Things to do in Jinju

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gyeongsan, South Korea

— 2 nights
Gyeongsan is a city in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Gatbawi Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eunhaesa Temple, admire the masterpieces at Yeungnam University Museum, then don't miss a visit to Yeungnam University Love Road, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bangokji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): catch a live event at Cheongdo Bullfighting Stadium and then learn about winemaking at Cheongdo Wine Tunnel.

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Explore your travel options from Jinju to Gyeongsan with the Route module. While traveling from Jinju, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Gyeongsan, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Gyeongsan

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Jeju, South Korea

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Haenyeo Museum and Bangju Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Halla Mountain and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Jeju side-trips: Seogwipo (Jeju Folk Village, Songaksan Mountain, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Sehwa Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Woljeongri Beach, walk around Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, and hike along Hallasan.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Jeju trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Gyeongsan to Jeju with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
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.
Visiting Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Eulwangni Beach in Incheon (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, make a trip to Insadong, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July in Seoul, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beijing, China

— 6 nights
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.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Palace Museum, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, stop by Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and take in the pleasant sights at Wang Fu Jing Da Jie.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Beijing tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sanya.

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Sanya, China

— 3 nights

Gateway to the South

The climate and coastline bring visitors from far and wide on vacations to Sanya, with its 40 km (25 mi) of shoreline almost entirely devoted to tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nanshan Temple and Mazu Temple of Sanya. Take a break from the city and head to Yalong Bay and Tianya Haijiao. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Sanya Redaiyulin Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Xisha Martyrs Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Sanya Beauty Crown Cultural Exhibition Center, and buy something for everyone on your list at Summer Shopping Mall.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sanya trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Beijing to Sanya by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sanya, with lows of 76°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sanya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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

4.2
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

4.4
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.