37 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

37 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
4
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
5
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
7
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
8
Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 3 nights
9
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
10
Shanghai, China
— 7 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Chinese Imperial Post. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Pop-UP Beijing, contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and stroll around Temple of Heaven.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing holiday planning tool.

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. While traveling from Billund, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

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

4
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Changgyeonggung Palace and Jogyesa Temple. There's lots more to do: stroll around Yeouido Park, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, pause for some photo ops at Gwanghwamun Gate, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myeong-dong Cathedral.

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

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul. When traveling from Beijing in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:
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Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chidorigafuchi and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nezu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

1
night
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Matsushiro Literary and Military School, don't miss a visit to Sanada House, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, witness the site of a historic battle at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagano trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Nagano hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Matsushiro Literary and Military School ©
Matsushiro Literary and Military School
Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, and finally make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takayama visit planning app.

You can take a train from Nagano to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Wine Tours & Tastings
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Heian Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Sanjusangendo Temple and Chion-in Temple. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

4
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Horyu-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, stroll around Nakanoshima Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Tanzan Shrine, Shukugawa Park, Kashihara Jingu
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

3
nights
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Miyajima will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Araebisu Shrine, get outside with Paddle Park, and stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get into the urban bustle at The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations, steep yourself in history at Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, then take in the exciting artwork at Rurian, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and finally stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tian Zi Fang and Former French Concession. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Longhua Temple. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nagasaki to Shanghai. In May, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 10:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession

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