31 days in Tokyo, Seoul & Shanghai Itinerary

31 days in Tokyo, Seoul & Shanghai Itinerary

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31 days in Tokyo, Seoul & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Shanghai, China
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum), Odawara Kokian (in Odawara) and Maihama (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning app .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Odawara Kokian, Lake Kawaguchi
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

11
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.
Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Nami Island (in Chuncheon) and Icheon Termeden (in Icheon). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to N Seoul Tower, admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Make your Seoul itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

DMZ Haemaru Village, Nami Island, Icheon Termeden, Korean Folk Village, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shanghai: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Suzhou (Tongli Town, Shantang Street, & more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. August in Shanghai sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Suzhou, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

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