33 days in East Asia Itinerary

33 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Okinawa City, Japan
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 3 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
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Beijing, China

— 5 nights
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.
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall and Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple) for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). Spend the 24th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hongluo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum Xiannongtan Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Beijing Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Beijing is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to China Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. While traveling from Dublin, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Beijing, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Seoul, South Korea

— 3 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.
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Waryongmyo Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and stop by Insadong.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip site.

Fly from Beijing to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Seoul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in May, you will find days in Seoul are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Enoshima Island. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a tailor-made plan with ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵, and see Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 5 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Ryoanji Temple, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, head outdoors with Eeyan, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Okinawa City, Japan

— 4 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Get a sense of the local culture at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. You'll get in some beach time at Nirai Beach and Okuma Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okinawa City: Onna-son (Diamond Beach, Cape Manzamo, &more), Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Akabaka Beach) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Kudakajima Yohaijo). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Anchihama, get outside with Sesoko Beach, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Okinawa City day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Okinawa City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan). Zhujiajiao Ancient Town and Xitang Ancient Town will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, shop like a local with Former French Concession, and admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Shanghai. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. June in Shanghai sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Taipei.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Taipei, Taiwan

— 2 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.
Visiting YOLO Taiwan and Elephant Trunk Rock will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Lungshan Temple are in your itinerary. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, and pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

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Fly from Shanghai to Taipei in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Shanghai in June, expect Taipei to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Hong Kong, China

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Visiting Big Wave Bay Beach and Turtle Cove Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lantau island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hong Kong Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), and kick back and relax at Shek O Beach.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Taipei to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks