If you want beautiful temples, relaxing spas, and ancient cities right at your fingertips, Japan is the country for you. With Japan's high speed rail network, you can explore the country easily on your weekends and short holiday breaks. You can even take a quick flight to one of Japan's islands for a little tropical vacation!
While Korea has plenty of temples and small cities to explore, the history and travel options are a bit limited compared to Japan. However, if you're interested in pop culture, Korea has a vibrant K-pop scene that rivals Japan's subcultures, and the shopping is unbeatable!
Compared to Japan and Korea, China is immensely large. Some cities like Beijing are steeped in history and culture with sites like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Summer Palace and more. Modern cities like Shanghai are surrounded by smaller cities and water towns you can easily visit for a weekend. If you really want to get off the beaten path, take a trip to Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu, Tibet, or Xinjiang! Trust me, you'll probably want to spend the whole summer after your contract ends just traveling around the country.