30 days in China, Seoul & Japan Itinerary

30 days in China, Seoul & Japan Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
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Shanghai, China
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Hong Kong, China
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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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing travel route builder website.

Amman, Jordan to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Amman to Beijing is 6 hours. Traveling from Amman in April, plan for little chillier nights in Beijing, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 6 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 sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, make a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Beijing, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seoul, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
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Kyoto, Japan — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kemasakuranomiya Park (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and stop by Gion.

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Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima, Japan — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.
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Shanghai, China — 3 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.
Shanghai is known for sightseeing, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai online holiday planner.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Shanghai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Hiroshima to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong, China — 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), walk around Nan Lian Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hong Kong day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shanghai in April, with highs in Hong Kong at 32°C and lows at 25°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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China travel guide

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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.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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