60 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

60 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

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60 days in China, South Korea & Japan Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Lhasa, China
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Lijiang, China
— 1 day
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
3
Emeishan, China
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Jeju, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Busan, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Beijing, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Sera Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Dropenling Lhasa Villages Handicraft Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nechung Monastery and Temple, then don't miss a visit to Barkhor Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiamiyuan Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Drepung Monastery (Zhebang Si).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lhasa trip planning app .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lhasa is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Riyadh to Lhasa due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in June; daily highs in Lhasa reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

1
day
Lijiang, China

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Rhizome - Lijiang art center, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang trip builder .

You can fly from Lhasa to Lijiang in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Emeishan.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

1
night
Emeishan, China

Emeishan ©
A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Emei Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve, delve into the distant past at Baoguo Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo).

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Emeishan road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Lijiang to Emeishan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Emeishan

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
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Emei Mountain ©
Emei Mountain
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo) ©
Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo)
Baoguo Temple ©
Baoguo Temple

5
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Get some historical perspective at Ruins of St. Paul's and A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu). Head to IFC mall and Ladies Marketfor plenty of shopping. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), pause for some photo ops at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), steep yourself in history at Wong Tai Sin Temple (Sik Sik Yuen Temple), and don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Emeishan to Hong Kong in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Macau
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

6
nights
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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Xintiandi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Former French Concessionfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shanghai: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Six Arts Museum (in Suzhou). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Westgate Isetan Department Store, don't miss a visit to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and look for gifts at Spin Ceramics.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in June: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 33°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Six Arts Museum, Xitang Ancient Town
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town

6
nights
Jeju, South Korea

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Visit Gwaneumsa Temple and Seonunjeongsa Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arario Museum Tapdong Cinema and Arario Museum Dongmun Motel. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hamdeok Beach, hunt for treasures at Dongmun Market, find something for the whole family at Hallim Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Geomunoreum.

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Fly from Shanghai to Jeju in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Korea Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sinpung Sincheon Bada Mokjang
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Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Gwaneumsa Temple ©
Gwaneumsa Temple
Hallim Park ©
Hallim Park

6
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bulguksa Temple and Jinjuseong. Visit Haedong Yonggung Temple and Beomeosa Temple for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Busan: Upo Wetland (in Changnyeong-gun) and Seokguram (in Gyeongju). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, shop like a local with Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Songjeong Beach, and look for gifts at Kiel Lotte Gwangbok Store.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Busan vacation builder .

Getting from Jeju to Busan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Gyeongju, Upo Wetland, Jinjuseong
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse for treasures at Maiko Antiques Kyoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Busan to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Asakusa. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Sojiji (in Nishitokyo), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, & more) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ginza, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

Make your Tokyo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minato Mirai 21, Sojiji
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Namdaemun Market. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Explore Seoul's surroundings by going to Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon), Icheon (Icheon Termeden & Icheon Ceramics Village) and Paju (The Third Tunnel & DMZ). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, shop like a local with Shinsegae Gangnam, take in nature's colorful creations at Changdeokgung Palace, and look for gifts at Gyeongdong Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Seoul day trip site .

You can fly from Tokyo to Seoul in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Icheon, Paju, Hwaseong Fortress
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Insadong ©
Insadong

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), explore the ancient world of Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Seoul to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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