45 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

45 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
3
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
9
Fuji, Japan
— 3 nights

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Head to 798 Art Zone and Yandai Xie Streetfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, wander the streets of Back Lakes (Hou Hai), get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, and admire the striking features of Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary maker website.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Beijing is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in September, with highs in Beijing at 31°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Changdeokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple. For shopping fun, head to Myeongdong Shopping Street or Times Square Mall. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Changgyeonggung Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, contemplate the long history of Gwanghwamun Gate, and admire the striking features of Deoksugung.

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Getting from Beijing to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: 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. Traveling from Beijing in September, expect nights in Seoul to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace
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 Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Head to Former French Concession and Shanghai International Glasses Mallfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seoul to Shanghai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Shanghai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in September, you will find days in Shanghai are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 19:
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Tian Zi Fang ©
Tian Zi Fang
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

6
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kifune Shrine for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toji and Shimogamo Jinja. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Kyoto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:
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Kifune Shrine ©
Kifune Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

5
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Matsumoto, Japan

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kaichi Gakko Primary School and Fukashi Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Norikura and Sanbondaki Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., Mikurigaike Pond, &more), Happoone (in Hakuba-mura) and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, get outside with Tokusawa, contemplate the long history of Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto tour itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Mt. Norikura, Happoone, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Odaiba District and Naritasan Omote Sando. Get some cultural insight at Nezu Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kashima Jingu (in Kashima), Kamakura (Kamegayatsuzaka, Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Katori (Katori Jingu Shrine & Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Kashima Jingu, Naritasan Omote Sando
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 7:
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by Soho and then wander the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and then trek along Dragon's Back.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Hong Kong hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Tsim Sha Tsui ©
Tsim Sha Tsui
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back
Soho ©
Soho

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 10th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gwangalli Beach, then hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, and finally stroll around Yongdusan Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach and then snap pictures at Busan Harbor Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Busan road trip planning website.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Busan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in October, you will find days in Busan are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Dadaepo Beach ©
Dadaepo Beach

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Fuji, Japan

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 12th (Tue), walk around Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park, hike along Mt. Fuji Tourism Climbing Route 3776, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bishamonten Myoho-ji Temple, admire the sheer force of Odana Falls, then get great views at Obuchi Sasaba, and finally walk around Hiromi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Fujikawa Parking Downline, then get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and finally steep yourself in history at Shimpo-in.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fuji trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Busan to Fuji. Traveling from Busan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fuji, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park ©
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park
Hiromi Park ©
Hiromi Park
Obuchi Sasaba ©
Obuchi Sasaba

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