56 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

56 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Tianjin, China
— 2 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Wuhan, China
— 1 night
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Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Kobe, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Takayama, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights

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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.
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, get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Beijing attractions planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Billund to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Billund in April: highs in Beijing hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tianjin.

Things to do in Beijing

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Must see
Mutianyu Great Wall
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World heritage site
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
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World heritage site
The Palace Museum
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Tianjin, China

Tianjin ©
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Five Great Avenues, head outdoors with Italian Style Street, and then make a trip to TianJin HaiHe YiShi FengQing Qu. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Ferris wheel, Eye of Tianjin, browse the different shops at Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), and then admire the landmark architecture of Tianjin Radio and TV Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tianjin trip builder tool.

You can drive from Beijing to Tianjin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tianjin are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Tianjin

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping
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Scenic Drive
Italian Style Street
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Scenic Drive
Five Great Avenues
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Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip planner.

Take a train from Tianjin to Xi'an in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Xi'an are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wuhan.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Wuhan, China

Wuhan ©
The provincial capital, Wuhan represents a major hub of commerce, industry, and culture in the center of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Dalin Museum for Sexology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guiyuan Temple, then don't miss a visit to Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Chu River Han Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Wuhan attractions website.

You can take a train from Xi'an to Wuhan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in April, Wuhan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Wuhan

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Religious Site
Guiyuan 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.
Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Wuhan to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Wuhan in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Hong Kong: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Theme Park
Hong Kong Disneyland
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Island
Lantau island
4.6

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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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, expect Shanghai to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

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Scenic Walking Area
The Bund (Wai Tan)
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Seoul to Paju to see DMZ Haemaru Village about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Seoul trip website.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shanghai to Seoul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in April: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Side Trip

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History Museum
Gyeongbokgung Palace
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World heritage site
Changdeokgung Palace
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Garden
Namsan Park
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Taejongdae, then stroll around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, and finally make a trip to Busan Station Plaza.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Busan trip planner.

Fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Busan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
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Religious Site
Haedong Yonggung Temple
4.1

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©

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 6th (Thu), stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally head outdoors with Paddle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker tool.

Getting from Busan to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
4.7
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World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
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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.
On the 8th (Sat), make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then take a stroll through Kitano-cho, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Meriken Park, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kobe trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Kobe are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Baths
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in May, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Castle
Osaka Castle
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Wildlife Area
Nara Park
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Gion, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 12 — 18:
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Historic Site
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Matsumoto Castle, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To plan Takayama vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

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Architectural Building
Takayama Jinya
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama (Sankeien Gardens & Yamashita Park) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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