14 days in Japan, Seoul & Beijing Itinerary

14 days in Japan, Seoul & Beijing Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Beijing, China
— 3 nights

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool.

Saint Louis, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, and steep yourself in history at Changdeokgung Palace.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seoul attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Seoul takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Seoul, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Palace Museum, look for gifts at PAPP'S TEA, then admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Heaven, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Beijing holiday website.

Getting from Seoul to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Seoul to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seoul in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) ©
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

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