25 days in East Asia Itinerary

25 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Chichibu, Japan
— 5 nights
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Sapporo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal. Venture out of the city with trips to Minatomirai (Sky Garden, Yokohama Landmark Tower, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Kiyosumi Teien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chichibu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Chichibu, Japan

— 5 nights
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kumoba Pond and Onioshidashi Volcanic Park. Explore Chichibu's surroundings by going to Hidaka (Koma Shrine & Kinchakuda Manjushage Park), Marugami Falls (in Ogano-machi) and Shiraito Falls (in Karuizawa-machi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine, admire the sheer force of Fudo Falls, contemplate the long history of Chichibu Fudasho Pilgrimage, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitsumine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chichibu trip site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Chichibu takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Chichibu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Sapporo, Japan

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, then stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Jozan, and finally visit Jozanke Natural Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, then stroll around Maruyama Park, and finally walk around Odori Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Chichibu to Sapporo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichibu in October: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bukhansan National Park and Jogyesa Temple. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, walk around Banpo Hangang Park, don't miss a visit to Ewha Womans University, and enjoy breathtaking views from N Seoul Tower.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Seoul trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Sapporo to Seoul by flight takes about 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 22°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Jeju, South Korea

— 5 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
Step off the beaten path and head to Woljeongri Beach and Jeju Stone Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Gwangchigi Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Saebyeol Oreum, get outside with Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach, and stroll around Jeju April 3rd Peace Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Jeju online attractions planner.

Getting from Seoul to Jeju by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Jeju Island travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A popular vacation island for Koreans and foreigners with a mild coastal climate, Jeju-do offers hiking, caving, horseback riding, and plenty of beaches on which to relax and observe the sunset. A holiday in Jeju-do usually involves a visit to a UNESCO-protected lava tube, where you can see the world’s largest known lava column. Other lava and limestone caves set in botanical gardens, as well as a number of folk villages, combine to offer a diverse range of attractions during treks through the densely forested island, with the well-marked hiking trails also leading past giant basalt statues. Inland theme parks--ranging from a teddy bear museum to an erotic sculpture park--and golf courses provide a diverse range of entertainment options. The matriarchal island is known for its fisherwomen and female divers.