26 days in South Korea, Tokyo & Shanghai Itinerary

26 days in South Korea, Tokyo & Shanghai Itinerary

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26 days in South Korea, Tokyo & Shanghai Itinerary

Start: Jackson, United States
Fly:  27​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Busan, South Korea
— 8 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Jackson, United States

5
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

Jackson, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jackson to Tokyo is 15 hours. When traveling from Jackson in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
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.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Shanghai in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Shanghai are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

4
nights
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.
Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Namdaemun Market, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Seoul. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Paju
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
N Seoul Tower ©
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
When in Busan, make a side trip to see Oedo Botania in Geoje, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, don't miss a visit to Seokbulsa Temple, and wander the streets of Gamcheon Culture Village.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Busan trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Seoul to Busan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. June in Busan sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 66°F at night. You will leave for home on the 26th (Fri).

Things to do in Busan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

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