60 days in China, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

60 days in China, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

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60 days in China, Japan & South Korea Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Naha, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1​h
4
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry:  4​h
5
Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h 45​min
6
Yufu, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Matsue, Japan
— 4 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Train:  3​h 45​min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
13
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
You'll explore and learn at Hong Kong Museum of History and Bamboo Scenes. For shopping fun, head to Tsim Sha Tsui or IFC mall. Explore Hong Kong's surroundings by going to Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's, Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte), & more). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), stop by M&B Private Jewelers HongKong, and pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hong Kong is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Hong Kong Time (HKT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hong Kong when traveling from Tel Aviv in March, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Ruins of St. Paul's

4
nights
Naha, Japan

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Toma. Museum-lovers will get to explore Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum and Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son), Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son) and Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, head outdoors with Blue Sky, and appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Naha takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Naha are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Nanjo, Onna-son, Kitanakagusuku-son, Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

4
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. On the 13th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder website .

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. Get outdoors at Funauki Village and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip app .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online trip itinerary builder .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yufu.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
nights
Yufu, Japan

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Let the collections at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center and Homme Blue Cafe capture your imagination. Visit Takachiho Shrine and Usajingu Shrine for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Yufu side-trips: Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa), Takachiho-cho (Amano Iwato Shrine, Takachiho Gorge, & more) and Angel Kimono Rental Beppu (in Beppu). There's lots more to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, identify plant and animal life at Ogi Rice Terraces, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yufu, and get great views at Daikanbo.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yufu road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Yufu in 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in March, with highs in Yufu at 15°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Aso, Beppu, Onsen Resorts, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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nights
Matsue, Japan

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll explore and learn at Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Step out of the city life by going to Oki Chibu Red Cliff and Kuniga Shores. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Izumo (Karakama Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, & more), Daisen-cho (Osakana Center Mikuriya & Daisen White Resort) and Takuhi Shrine - Takubi Shrine (in Nishinoshima-cho). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, and stop by Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center.

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

You can drive from Yufu to Matsue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Nishinoshima-cho, Daisen-cho, Oki Chibu Red Cliff
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Take a break from the city and head to Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha and Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Norikura Snow Resort (in Matsumoto) and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, stop by Curnontue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daio-ji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Hida, Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
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Mt. Norikura Snow Resort ©
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Gokayama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Gallery Otera and MIKOTO Tea House. Venture out of the city with trips to Suwa Yakata Remains Garden (in Fukui), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, hit the slopes at Ski Jam Katsuyama, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

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You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Hakusan, Katsuyama, Gallery Otera, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pola Museum of Art and Minato Mirai 21. Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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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.
Let the collections at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Cheonggyecheon Stream. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, contemplate the long history of Jongmyo Shrine, look for gifts at Gyeongdong Market, and don't miss a visit to Insadong.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul route planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Seoul when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
National Museum of Korea ©
National Museum of Korea
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tian Zi Fang and In Point. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Former French Concession. Go for a jaunt from Shanghai to Jiashan County to see Xitang Ancient Town about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shanghai travel itinerary 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. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in April: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©

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