29 days in Japan, South Korea & China Itinerary

29 days in Japan, South Korea & China Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea
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Busan, South Korea
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Tokyo, Japan

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.
You've now added Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Omote Sando. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Jogyoji Temple, &more), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Narita (Three-storied Pagoda & Former House of Mikogami Family). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Yanaka District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kennin-ji Temple and Pontocho District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nijo Castle (in Kyoto) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Seoul, South Korea

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.
You'll explore and learn at Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Palace Museum of Korea. Get some cultural insight at Changdeokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun Gate. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, don't miss a visit to Jongmyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongeunsa Temple, and walk around Yeouido Hangang Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seoul trip builder website.

You can fly from Osaka to Seoul in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Seoul, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Take a break from the city and head to Haeundae Beach and Dadaepo Beach. Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Birthplace of President Roh Moo-hyun for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Gimhae National Museum in Gimhae (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Jangsan Mountain, examine the collection at Trick Eye Museum, and view the masterpieces at Shinsegae Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Busan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Busan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In June in Busan, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Beijing, China

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of The Palace Museum, contemplate the long history of Meridian Gate (Wu Men), wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, and look for gifts at PAPP'S TEA.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beijing online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Busan to Beijing is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Busan in June, you will find days in Beijing are a bit warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Shanghai, China

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum and Former French Concession. Head to Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and Xintiandifor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and pause for some photo ops at The Bund City Sculptures.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in June, expect nights in Shanghai to be somewhat warmer, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.

South Korea travel guide

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Shopping · History Museums · 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.

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.