49 days in Japan, China & South Korea Itinerary

49 days in Japan, China & South Korea Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Train to Chongqing North, Taxi to Chongqing
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Chongqing, China
— 4 nights
Subway to Chongqing North, Train to Beijing West station
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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
Fly
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Daegu, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
Ferry to Fukuoka, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kawasaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Billund Airport

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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.
Shanghai is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shanghai trip itinerary tool.

Billund, Denmark to Shanghai is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Billund to Shanghai, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Billund in April; daily highs in Shanghai reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:

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Chongqing, China

With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
Chongqing is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum, shop like a local with Jiefangbei Square, don't miss a visit to Changshou Ancient Town, and explore the ancient world of Old City Wall.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chongqing holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Chongqing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Chongqing

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

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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: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, make a trip to Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), and examine the collection at National Museum Of China.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Chongqing to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chongqing in April since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 21:

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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.
Seoul is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul online travel route planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul due to the time zone difference. 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 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Daegu.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:

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Daegu, South Korea

The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
On the 27th (Tue), stroll around Gukchaebosang Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of Donghwasa, and then hunt for treasures at Seomun Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Apsan Park and then take in panoramic vistas at 83 Tower.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Daegu road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Seoul to Daegu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Busan.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Busan is known for shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Haeundae Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jagalchi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and make a trip to Yongdusan Park.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Busan online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Daegu to Busan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Busan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Busan to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online route maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

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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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 16:

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Nagoya, Japan

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Toba Aquarium (in Toba) and Ise (Okageza & Okage Yokocho). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, walk around Tsuruma Park, and explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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Kawasaki, Japan

Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Cherry Blossom Trees of Asao River, take in nature's colorful creations at Ikuta Ryokuchi Rose Garden, and then examine the collection at Fujiko F Fujio Museum. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, walk around Yamashita Park, and then take in the pleasant sights at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kawasaki online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kawasaki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

China travel guide

4.4
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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
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.

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.