30 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

30 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
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Seoul, South Korea
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Tokyo, Japan
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Takayama, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Yandai Xie Street. Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Back Lakes (Hou Hai) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Qianmen Main Street Mall, shop like a local with Solana, and get great views at Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Beijing day trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in July, with highs in Beijing at 90°F and lows at 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

Shanghai, China — 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xitang Ancient Town and Former French Concession. Appreciate the collections at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Go for a jaunt from Shanghai to Suzhou to see Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Old Town (Nanshi), admire the striking features of Heping Fandian, and get a taste of the local shopping with Xintiandi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Shanghai travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Beijing in July since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Jeju.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Jeju, South Korea — 3 nights

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.
Haenyeo Museum and The Islander are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Hamdeok Beach and Black Pork Street. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Halla Mountain & Jeju Folk Village). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hallim Park and Head underground at Manjanggul Cave.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jeju trip planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Seoul.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Seoul, South Korea — 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Changdeokgung Palace and Myeongdong Shopping Street. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, stop by Insadong, and contemplate the long history of Namsangol Hanok Village.

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You can fly from Jeju to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Tokyo, Japan — 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: stop by Odaiba District, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly to Takayama.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

Takayama, Japan — 4 nights

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Sanmachi Suji. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura), Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Art Museum & Matsumoto Castle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, look for gifts at Hida Bussankan, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotombori District and Kobe Harborlandfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
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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History Museums · Shopping · Parks
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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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.