36 days in East Asia Itinerary

36 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 6 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashinoko, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more), Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and stop by Odaiba District.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route maker tool.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Tokyo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe, Japan

— 6 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tanba Sasayama (Dokoji Temple & Unitopia Sasayama), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Tokushima (Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck & Zuiganji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Royu Driveway, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kobe online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get your game on at Kimono Photo Studio Plaza Ai, and laugh and play at SpaWorld.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Seoul, South Korea

— 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nami Island (in Chuncheon), DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju) and Hwaseong Fortress (in Suwon). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Seoul online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Seoul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Osaka in December; daily highs in Seoul reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips