60 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Busan, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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Ishigaki, Japan
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Hong Kong, China
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Xi'an, China
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Beijing, China

— 5 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: see Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip planning app.

Istanbul, Turkey to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Shanghai, China

— 5 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.
Spend the 10th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. The adventure continues: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), don't miss a visit to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Former French Concession.

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You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Beijing in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Shanghai, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Jeju, South Korea

— 6 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (Seongsan Ilchulbong & Jeongbang Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, trek along Jeju Olle Trail Routes, stroll around Hallim Park, and head off the coast to Udo.

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You can fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:

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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jongmyo Shrine, walk around Banpo Hangang Park, and admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seoul online travel planner.

You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daytime highs in Seoul are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Busan, South Korea

— 5 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju National Museum & Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, make a trip to Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Busan tour website.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Busan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, head outdoors with Paddle Park, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Busan to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:

Osaka, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more), Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:

Kyoto, Japan

— 6 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10:

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo), Yokohama (Yamashita Park & Sankeien Gardens) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tokyo in July since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

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 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and step off the mainland to explore Lantau island.

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

You can fly from Ishigaki to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki to Hong Kong, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 26th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Xi'an trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Xi'an takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Xi'an when traveling from Hong Kong in July, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Xi'an

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Lhasa, China

— 3 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lhasa road trip planning site.

You can fly from Xi'an to Lhasa in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Xi'an in July, you will find days in Lhasa are cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

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.

South Korea travel guide

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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.

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.