26 days in East Asia Itinerary

26 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan

— 5 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Beitou Thermal Valley(Hell Valley), National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei Expo Park, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Taipei 101, get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taipei day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Taipei is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Toronto to Taipei. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect nights in Taipei to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seoul, South Korea

— 6 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.
You've added Jogyesa Temple, Inwangsan Mountain, Ihwa Mural Village, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Gyeongbokgung Palace, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, take some stellar pictures from N Seoul Tower, and take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Seoul road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Taipei in May: high temperatures in Seoul hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street as well as Harajuku Station.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey app.

Getting from Seoul to Tokyo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). On the next day, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley and then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi attractions planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature

Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Maruyama Park and Nishiki Tenmangu. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey builder app.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shinsekai, Kemasakuranomiya Park and Ebisu Bridge. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, take in the views from Ebisu Bridge, and then stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Meguro River, Yoyogi Park and JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop. See even more of Tokyo: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation maker tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Classes · Nature · Historic Sites