20 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

20 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

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20 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly:  5​h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  8​h
5
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo, Japan

2
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.
Seoul is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk around Banpo Hangang Park, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seoul travel itinerary planner.

Tokyo, Japan to Seoul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Seoul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and admire the landmark architecture of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men).

Before you visit Beijing, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Seoul to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Beijing is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in September: highs in Beijing hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally wander the streets of Xintiandi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shanghai online journey planner .

Getting from Beijing to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 26°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Shopping Parks
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, and take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in September; daily highs in Hong Kong reach 38°C and lows reach 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hong Kong to Kyoto in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in September, expect Kyoto to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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