20 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

20 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea

— 2 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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip itinerary maker tool.

Tokyo, Japan to Seoul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Seoul are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

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Beijing, China

— 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, admire the landmark architecture of Tian'anmen, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing online visit planner.

Getting from Seoul to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Beijing is minus 1 hour. In July in Beijing, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Shanghai, China

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally wander the streets of Xintiandi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in July since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Hong Kong, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong road trip planning site.

You can fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Kyoto in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 76°F in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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South Korea travel guide

4.2
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
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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.