19 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

19 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

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19 days in Japan, China & Seoul Itinerary

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:  5​h
6
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori, see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, and finally admire the masterpieces at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

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Manchester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Osaka is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 16°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Get a sense of the local culture at Nishiki Market and Gion. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel 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.
Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Asakusa Shrine. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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): get engrossed in the history at Baek In-Je House Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Changdeokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and then take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Seoul trip maker .

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tokyo in April since evenings lows in Seoul dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Insadong ©
Insadong
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace

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 next day: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, then wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and finally appreciate the history behind Bell and Drum Towers.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Beijing trip website .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Korea Standard Time (KST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Seoul in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), 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.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Xi'an trip maker website .

Fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Xi'an are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Han Yang Ling 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, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai day trip site .

You can fly from Xi'an to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Xi'an in April since evenings lows in Shanghai dip to 15°C. Finish up 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) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre ©

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