28 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

28 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

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28 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Bristol, United Kingdom
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
6
Xiangyang, China
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h
7
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: Bristol, United Kingdom


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3
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.
Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, don't miss a visit to Insadong, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner .

Bristol, UK to Seoul is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Bristol to Seoul. March in Seoul sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

4
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.
Have a day of magic on the 25th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app .

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Seoul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

4
nights
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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Shimada Shoten, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker site .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

4
nights
Shanghai, China

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 historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jade Buddha Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai road trip planner .

Fly from Osaka to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Shanghai. April in Shanghai sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Xiangyang.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

1
day
Xiangyang, China

Xiangyang ©
Xiangyang is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Hubei province, People's Republic of China. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): delve into the distant past at The drum and bell Tower, admire the striking features of Zhongxuan Tower, then steep yourself in history at Migong Temple, then contemplate the long history of Furen City Site, and finally steep yourself in history at Xiangyang Ancient City Wall.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Xiangyang route maker app .

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Xiangyang takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Xiangyang

Historic Sites
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Migong Temple ©
Migong Temple

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, step into the grandiose world of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), steep yourself in history at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Beijing tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Xiangyang to Beijing. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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