19 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

19 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

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Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Beijing, China
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
6
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Shanghai, China
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom


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1
night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotombori, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, and finally explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in March, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Kyoto Railway Museum and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Samurai Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi (about 1h 45 min away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, stroll around Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Pola Museum of Art
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Baek In-je's House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, and then get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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Getting from Tokyo to Seoul by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Seoul, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stop by PAPP'S TEA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, then stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and finally steep yourself in history at Bell and Drum Towers.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Beijing day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, ferry, and train. Traveling from Seoul to Beijing, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Museums Tours Neighborhoods
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798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then contemplate the long history of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an trip builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Xi'an can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hanyangling Museum
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll around Fuxing Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Xi'an to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Xi'an in April since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre ©
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

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