43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 7 nights
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Guangzhou, China
— 2 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
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Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Hamamatsu, Japan
— 2 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
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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.
The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Meridian Gate (Wu Men) and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, and admire the striking features of Nine Dragon Screen.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary builder site.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Beijing. Traveling from Copenhagen in April, expect nights in Beijing to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are much hotter, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Shanghai, China

— 7 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Former French Concession and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Master-of-Nets Garden in Suzhou (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Shanghai Development Exhibition Hall.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Shanghai. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Guangzhou, China

— 2 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum and Huaisheng Mosque. Get some cultural insight at Sacred Heart Cathedral and Baomo Scenery. The adventure continues: stop by Canton Fair Complex.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Guangzhou day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Guangzhou in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in April; daily highs in Guangzhou reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gyeongbokgung Palace and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Changdeokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Yeouido Park, don't miss a visit to Gwanghwamun Square, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch), and pause for some photo ops at Jogyesa Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Guangzhou to Seoul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Guangzhou to Seoul is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guangzhou in April: highs in Seoul hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Busan.

Things to do in Seoul

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Busan, South Korea

— 2 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Trick Eye Museum, hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market, then make a trip to Yongdusan Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gimhae National Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach and then make a trip to Samgwangsa Temple.

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You can take a train from Seoul to Busan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In May in Busan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Busan

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 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.
Visit Nezu Shrine and Hie Jinjya for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo National Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kawasaki (Fujiko F Fujio Museum & Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum) and Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, take a stroll through Ueno District, and visit Yanaka District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo route planner.

Fly from Busan to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hamamatsu, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoun-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinzaishu Hoko-ji temple Daihonzan Okuyama Hansobo, then get great views at Akihasan Hongu Akiha-jinja Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Akihasanhongu Akiha Shrine Shimosha. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daitoin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Okuni Jinja Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuisai Temple, then see the interesting displays at Shihesido Art House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotonomama Hachimangu.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hamamatsu trip maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hamamatsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hamamatsu, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagoya, Japan

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami, then see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and finally browse the different shops at Uni Mall. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, then make a trip to Little World, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanko Inari Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nagoya online vacation planner.

Take a train from Hamamatsu to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanjusangendo Temple and Heian Shrine. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary builder.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka, Japan

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nigatsu-do Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Dotombori District, walk around Nakanoshima Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips