43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock East Asia journey planner

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 5 nights
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Lhasa, China
— 2 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Spas

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Paddle Park and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
On the 14th (Sat), stroll around Busan Citizens Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach, and then kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Yongdusan Park, get great views at Taejongdae, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Busan day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Busan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, wander the streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream.

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You can fly from Busan to Seoul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Jeju, South Korea

— 4 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Step out of Jeju to go to Seogwipo and see Seongsan Ilchulbong, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, stroll around Sarabong Park, take in the pleasant sights at Handam Coastal Trail, and kick back and relax at Gwakji Gwamul Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jeju road trip tool.

You can fly from Seoul to Jeju in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Shanghai, China

— 4 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.
Spend the 25th (Wed) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Jeju to Shanghai takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Jeju to Shanghai, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Taipei.

Things to do in Shanghai

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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.
On the 29th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Taipei 101. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with MyTaiwanTour Travel Services, take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Taipei tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Taipei takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shanghai in May: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Hong Kong, China

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), make a trip to Hong Kong Skyline, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, and see the interesting displays at Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In May in Hong Kong, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lhasa.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Lhasa, China

— 2 nights
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sera Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nechung Monastery and Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Potala Palace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokhang Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lhasa road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Lhasa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Lhasa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites

Xi'an, China

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and then delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang). On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Travel China Guide.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an road trip website.

Getting from Lhasa to Xi'an by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lhasa in June; daily highs in Xi'an reach 36°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Beijing, China

— 4 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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, catch a live event at Olympic Park, and get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors