9 days in East Asia Itinerary

9 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 2 nights
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Pyongyang, North Korea
— 1 night
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Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), see Mutianyu Great Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum and then take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Beijing driving holiday planning website.

London, UK to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Beijing, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, expect little chillier with lows of -7°C in Beijing. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) ©
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

1
night
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Triumphal Arch, steep yourself in history at Tanjun Mausoleum, and then appreciate the history behind Tower of the Juche Idea.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pyongyang road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Pyongyang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Pyongyang. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Historic Sites
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Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch
Tower of the Juche Idea ©
Tower of the Juche Idea

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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.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Longhua Temple, take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and finally go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) and then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shanghai trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pyongyang to Shanghai in 9 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pyongyang to Shanghai is minus 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Shanghai are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu) ©
Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center

1
night
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 2nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Start your trip to Kyoto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Shanghai to Kyoto by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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