54 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

54 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
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Hangzhou, China
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Dali, China
— 7 nights
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Chengdu, China
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Seogwipo, South Korea
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Osaka, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
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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: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), don't miss a visit to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and take a stroll through Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

Plan my day in Shanghai using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Washington DC, USA to Shanghai is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in February since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 38°F. You will leave for Hangzhou on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 13:

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Hangzhou, China

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Take a break from Hangzhou with a short trip to Wuzhen Water Town in Tongxiang, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Xixi Wetland Park. Pack the 16th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Hangzhou Songcheng. The adventure continues: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), walk around West Lake Colored Port View Fish Garden, contemplate the long history of Xiangji Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Hangzhou Confucius Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hangzhou trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shanghai to Hangzhou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dali.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

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Dali, China

Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Dali is known for nature, classes, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, get to know the fascinating history of Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town, take a stroll through Dali Ancient, and take in the awesome beauty at Cangshan Mountain.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dali itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hangzhou to Dali by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Chengdu.

Things to do in Dali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 24:

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Chengdu, China

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
On the 24th (Fri), snap pictures at Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Qingcheng.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chengdu trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Dali to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

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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: trek along Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and take in panoramic vistas at Bell and Drum Towers.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing vacation maker app.

You can fly from Chengdu to Beijing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Chengdu, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

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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.
Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and explore the world behind art at Seoul Arts Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul tour itinerary website.

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. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Beijing in March, you will find days in Seoul are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:

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Busan, South Korea

The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gyeongju (Gyeongju National Museum & Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, head outdoors with Gwangalli Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and get great views at Taejongdae.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Busan route planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Busan, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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Jeju, South Korea

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Spend the 14th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Sarabong Park, explore the world behind art at Jeju Folk Museum, step off the mainland to explore Udo, and make a trip to Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeju trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Busan to Jeju in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

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Seogwipo, South Korea

Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Cheonjiyeon Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Jeongbang Waterfall, and then examine the collection at O’sulloc Tea Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seogwipo trip planner.

Getting from Jeju to Seogwipo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Tokondo, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip maker.

You can fly from Seogwipo to Osaka in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 23:

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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 with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at ARONA SPA. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Ueno Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:

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.

Yunnan travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Bodies of Water · Historic Sites
One of the most diverse provinces in China, Yunnan offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from UNESCO-protected stone forest formations to ancient Tibetan monasteries. Sightseeing in Yunnan includes visits to picturesque old town zones--some of the best-preserved in China--as well as seeing some of the country's most elaborate pagodas. Yunnan’s intact nature--which sits relatively close to urban areas--as well as year-round, spring-like climate provides excellent hiking opportunities. You can hike in beautiful nature along well-maintained trails and see spectacular rice terraces, swim in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in China, or visit a diverse range of ethnic villages. Buy some delicious local tea and try some exquisite rice noodles.

Sichuan travel guide

4.2
Wildlife Areas · Historic Walking Areas · National Parks
Thanks to its famed animal sanctuaries, many foreigners equate the vast province of Sichuan with the adorable panda bear. In the heart of China, a tour of Sichuan often begins in Chengdu, a modern city that boasts one of the world's biggest buildings. Beyond Chengdu's urban bustle, tourists discover a quiet countryside flanked by sacred mountains and dotted with ancient villages living to the beat of their own drum. In the north of the province, alpine valleys and green lakes appeal to nature lovers looking for fresh air and exercise. In the south, you can find a history-steeped landscape trodden by far fewer travelers than any other part of the region.

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

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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.