31 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

31 days in South Korea, Japan & China Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly + Train:  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

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Visit Kencho-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Engaku-ji Temple (in Kamakura) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). The adventure continues: stop by Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Yanaka.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip app.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 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
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Soanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, take a stroll through Sakae, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, then don't miss a visit to Inuyama Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can 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
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

2
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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Daigo-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horyu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kongobu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Kobe (Arima Onsen & Mt. Maya). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotombori, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka vacation planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Kobe, Himeji Castle, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Get outdoors at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, shop like a local with Kamiyacho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
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): walk around Yongdusan Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods 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: contemplate the long history of Tomb of King Suro, then steep yourself in history at Geumjung Mt. fortress, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Busan trip maker website.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. 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
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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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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nights
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bulguksa Temple, and then head outdoors with Bomun Tourism Complex. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Tongiljeon, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gyeongju National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gyeongju Bird Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gyeongju road trip tool.

Getting from Busan to Gyeongju by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Busan in May: highs in Gyeongju hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Andong.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Golgulsa Temple ©
Golgulsa Temple
Tongiljeon ©
Tongiljeon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): visit Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon), get to know the fascinating history of Andong Hahoe Folk Village, and then ponder the world of politics at Gyeongsangbukdo City Hall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Andong trip maker site.

Take a bus from Gyeongju to Andong in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Andong, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Incheon.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Andong Gunja Village (Historic Site of Ocheon) ©
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.
On the 30th (Sat), Head underground at Gwangmyeong Cave, examine the collection 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeondeungsa Temple, then take in the pleasant sights at Gwangseongbo Fortress, and finally look for gifts at Square 1.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Incheon trip planner.

You can drive from Andong to Incheon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Andong in May, you will find days in Incheon are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Popular historic sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bongeunsa Temple are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Changgyeonggung Palace and Waryongmyo Shrine. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Trickeye Museum Seoul, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, wander the streets of Insadong, and visit Myeongdong Shopping Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip planner.

Seoul is very close to Incheon. In May in Seoul, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
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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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwaneumsa Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Halla Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seonunjeongsa Temple, and then hike along Hallasan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Jeju online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Jeju takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough 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): get a taste of the local shopping with Former French Concession, take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), and finally examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, and then stroll around Guyi Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Jeju to Shanghai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and Meridian Gate (Wu Men). Get some historical perspective at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Temple of Heaven. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Back Lakes (Hou Hai), view the masterpieces at 798 Art Zone, contemplate the long history of Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Beijing, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
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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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