31 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

31 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

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31 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Gyeongju, South Korea
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Andong, South Korea
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Incheon, South Korea
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Jeju, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Montreal, Canada

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nezu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's more to do: take a stroll through Yanaka and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Naritasan Omote Sando
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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nights
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Soanji Temple. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, wander the streets of Sakae, admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, then make a trip to Inuyama Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagoya day trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hikone, Nabana no Sato, Inuyama Castle
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, then contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, then make a trip to Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

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You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Arima Onsen and Mt. Maya. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take a stroll through Dotonbori, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Osaka.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho, Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Former Naval Academy
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Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yongdusan Park, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then kick back and relax at Dadaepo Beach, and finally get outside with Haeundae Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Tomb of King Suro, contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Busan by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Busan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tomb of King Suro
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Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Tomb of King Suro ©
Tomb of King Suro

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Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then get outside with Bomun Tourism Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Tongiljeon, then explore the striking landscape of Gyeongju National Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Gyeongju Bird Park.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gyeongju attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Busan to Gyeongju takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Busan in May, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gyeongju National Park ©
Gyeongju National Park
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Golgulsa Temple ©
Golgulsa Temple

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night
Andong, South Korea

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): wander the streets of Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then ponder the world of politics at Gyeongsangbukdo City Hall.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Andong trip planner .

Getting from Gyeongju to Andong by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Incheon.

Things to do in Andong

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Gyeongsangbukdo City Hall ©
Gyeongsangbukdo City Hall

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nights
Incheon, South Korea

Incheon ©
The third-largest city in the country, Incheon combines history and culture in an interesting whole.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): Head underground at Gwangmyeong Cave, get engrossed in the history at Jjajangmyeon Museum, and then kick back and relax at Masian Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Sinpo International Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeondeungsa Temple, then take in the history at Gwangseongbo Fortress, and finally look for gifts at Square 1.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Incheon travel planner.

Getting from Andong to Incheon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Andong in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Incheon, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Seoul.

Things to do in Incheon

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Gwangmyeong Cave
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Gwangmyeong Cave ©
Gwangmyeong Cave
Gwangseongbo Fortress ©
Gwangseongbo Fortress
Jeondeungsa Temple ©
Jeondeungsa Temple

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Changgyeonggung Palace and Waryongmyo Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and make a trip to Insadong.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Seoul trip planner .

Seoul is just a stone's throw from Incheon. May in Seoul sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors
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Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changgyeonggung Palace ©
Changgyeonggung Palace

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Jeju, South Korea

Jeju
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gwaneumsa Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Hallasan Mountain, and finally trek along Hallasan Seongpanak.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jeju trip tool .

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Halla Mountain
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Hallasan
Hallasan
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): wander the streets of Former French Concession, then examine the collection at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, then go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Guyi Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeju to Shanghai. In June, daytime highs in Shanghai are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Longhua Temple ©
Longhua Temple

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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.
Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai) will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to 798 Art Zone and Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and steep yourself in history at Meridian Gate (Wu Men).

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in June, Beijing is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Meridian Gate (Wu Men) ©
Meridian Gate (Wu Men)

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