31 days in China, Japan & Seoul Itinerary

31 days in China, Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Beijing, China
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Tokyo, Japan
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
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Shanghai, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Zhangjiajie, China
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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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, enjoy breathtaking views from Bell and Drum Towers, stroll through Temple of Heaven, and admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing journey builder website.

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Beijing, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, expect Beijing to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at ARONA SPA, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip app.

Getting from Beijing to Tokyo by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Beijing in June, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

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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.
Step out of Seoul to go to Paju and see DMZ Haemaru Village, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jongmyo Shrine, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seoul driving holiday site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June in Seoul, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip maker.

You can fly from Seoul to Kyoto in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Shanghai by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Shanghai

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
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Hong Kong, China

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), look for gifts at MILK Shirts, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong trip planning tool.

Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Zhangjiajie, China

The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
On the 13th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zhangjiajie using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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.

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.