32 days in China, South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

32 days in China, South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

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32 days in China, South Korea & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  31​h
1
Lhasa, China
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  10​h
2
Luanping County, China
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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1
night
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple, then make a trip to Barkhor Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xiamiyuan Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lhasa trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lhasa is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Lhasa due to the time zone difference. July in Lhasa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luanping County.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

1
day
Luanping County, China

Luanping County ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see Jinshanling Great Wall.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Luanping County online trip planner .

Getting from Lhasa to Luanping County by combination of flight and taxi takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Beijing.

Things to do in Luanping County

Historic Sites
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Jinshanling Great Wall ©
Jinshanling Great Wall

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven. For shopping fun, head to Nanluoguxiang or Panjiayuan Antique Market. There's lots more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), catch a live event at Olympic Park, and steep yourself in history at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Luanping County to Beijing in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

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

5
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
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 The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Former French Concession and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Xitang Ancient Town in Jiashan County, approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), get a taste of the local shopping with Three on the Bund, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and view the masterpieces at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shanghai road trip tool .

Fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, Shanghai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

4
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Arario Museum Dongmun Motel. Popular historic sites such as Gwaneumsa Temple and Bulsari Tapsa Temple are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Jeju to Seogwipo to see Seongsan Ilchulbong about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at The Islander, explore the fascinating underground world of Hallim Park, examine the collection at Jeju National Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Udo.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner .

Getting from Shanghai to Jeju by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Seongsan Ilchulbong
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Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple
Jeju National Museum ©
Jeju National Museum

5
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.
Head to Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Marketfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Hwaseong Fortress are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Seoul: Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, look for gifts at Jang Ji Bang, contemplate the long history of Jongmyo Shrine, and take a stroll through Insadong.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seoul driving holiday planning website .

Fly from Jeju to Seoul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Paju, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
DMZ Haemaru Village ©
DMZ Haemaru Village

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Asakusa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Ginza, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, explore the galleries of Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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