41 days in East Asia Itinerary

41 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Taipei, Taiwan
— 7 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 10 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 12 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 9 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mysterious Coast (in Jinshan), Ruifang (Lao Zhen Xiang Bakery, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), &more) and YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum, appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, and browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Taipei is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Taipei. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Taipei when traveling from Johannesburg in October, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more), Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple.

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You can fly from Taipei to Osaka in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Osaka is slightly colder than Taipei - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 12 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, KĊtoku-in, &more), Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland) and Urayasu Comprehensive Park (in Urayasu). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ginza, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: Suwon (Gwanggyosan Mountain & Hwaseong Fortress). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, admire the striking features of Changdeokgung Palace, stroll through Cheonggyecheon Stream, and shop like a local with Namdaemun Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Seoul day trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Seoul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get slightly colder in Seoul: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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