40 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

40 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
— 2 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yeouido Park and Yeouido Hangang Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Changdeokgung Palace, stroll around Banpo Hangang Park, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and contemplate the long history of Gwanghwamun Gate.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Seoul is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Billund in April, expect Seoul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:
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Yeouido Park ©
Yeouido Park
Yeouido Hangang Park ©
Yeouido Hangang Park
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Haeundae Cinema Street, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Igidae Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, then stroll through Yongdusan Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daegaksa Temple.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Busan day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Busan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Yongdusan Park ©
Yongdusan Park
Taejongdae ©
Taejongdae
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park (in Saitama), Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Chureito Pagoda, &more) and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and indulge in some culinary diversions at Arigato Japan Food Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo route maker.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Meguro River ©
Meguro River
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

2
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Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanmachi Suji and Ainokura Gassho Community. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castletown Springs, Matsumoto Castle, &more), Matsukawa Park (in Toyama) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Ainokura Observatory). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Takayama trip builder tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Daigo-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Beer Tastings & Tours

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Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, then stroll around Shukugawa Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirota Shrine. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then don't miss a visit to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Shukugawa Park ©
Shukugawa Park
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), walk around Nakanoshima Park, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then hit the best photo ops around with Photoguider-Japan, and finally make a trip to The Symphony Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): stroll around The Tower of the Sun, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuguji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

Plan my day in Osaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kobe, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sandbox VR and Kowloon Park. Pack the 6th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Po Lin Monastery, take in panoramic vistas at Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Lion's Pavilion at The Peak.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Hong Kong in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Hong Kong. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in May: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay May 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Kowloon Park ©
Kowloon Park

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Travel China Guide and Shanghai World Financial Center. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in May; daily highs in Shanghai reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Travel China Guide ©
Travel China Guide
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Back Lakes (Hou Hai) and Nine Dragon Screen. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), see Juyong Pass of Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, and walk around Zhongshan Park.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing road trip planning site.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Beijing, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Juyong Pass of Great Wall ©
Juyong Pass of Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

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