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: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, walk around Banpo Hangang Park, and don't miss a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul visit planner.

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 in Seoul, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for 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: explore the ancient world of Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Beijing planner.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Beijing is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

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 25th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, then make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally shop like a local with Xintiandi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): 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 other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai day trip planning tool.

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shanghai when traveling from Beijing in July, with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

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 27th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), examine the collection at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hong Kong online trip maker.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
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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: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

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

Getting from Hong Kong to Kyoto by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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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.