31 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

31 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

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31 days in South Korea, China & Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to DMZ Haemaru Village in Paju (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower.

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Toronto, Canada to Seoul is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Seoul is 14 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toronto in July since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

DMZ Haemaru Village
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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 a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, admire the striking features of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and walk around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beijing tour builder .

Fly from Seoul to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Korea Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Beijing sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Beijing

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

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), find something for the whole family at Hong Kong Disneyland, make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, and walk around Nan Lian Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Beijing to Hong Kong in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hong Kong, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

4
nights
Shanghai, China

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 shopping, nightlife, parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), steep yourself in history at Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Change things up with a short trip to Seongsan Ilchulbong in Seogwipo (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, walk around Handam Park, get in on the family fun at Hallim Park, and head off the coast to Udo.

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Fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai to Jeju, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Manjanggul Cave ©
Manjanggul Cave
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Yongdusan Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then head outdoors with Haeundae Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beomeosa Temple, and then take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Busan itinerary planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July in Busan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Busan to Osaka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can 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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