47 days in East Asia Itinerary

47 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Shari-cho, Japan
— 1 night
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Jiashan County, China
— 2 nights
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Zhoushan, China
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho, Japan

— 1 night
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach and then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Shari-cho is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. September in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ninja Food Tours as well as Kasai Beach Park. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Ginza Itoya Hontrenfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Hakone Shisseikaen. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Mitake (in Ome) and Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ueno District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and visit Yanaka District.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel route planner.

Fly from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Nara, Japan

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 11th (Wed), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Suntory Kyoto Brewery and then stroll through Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, and then admire the sheer force of Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nara route planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Nara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hankyu Umeda Honten and Hozenji Yokocho. Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Minami (Namba), have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

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 16th (Mon): stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach, then stroll through Shiraito River, and finally browse the different shops at Asse. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Takatoridai.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. Get in touch with nature at Isso Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Onna-son, Japan

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manza Beach and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, explore the striking landscape at Tobera Rock, stroll through Fuchaku Beach, and laugh and play at Manza Ocean Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son journey website.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Miyakojima, Japan

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Atarasu Ichiba and Furusato. Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Ikizu Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Miyakojima trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Ishigaki, Japan

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Escape the urban bustle at Kondoi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Shiraho Beach. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Shirahama Port, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima travel route planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. October in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Taipei, Taiwan

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Taipei 101 and Eslite Bookstore - Xinyi. Discover out-of-the-way places like Big City and Elephant Trunk Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: WuLaoKeng (in Su'ao) and Xinyue Beach (in Zhubei). Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taipei road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Taipei. Traveling from Iriomote-jima to Taipei, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Taipei sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hong Kong, China

— 1 night

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dragon's Back, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shek O Beach, and then wander the streets of Soho. On your second day here, stop by Tsim Sha Tsui.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hong Kong online road trip planner.

You can fly from Taipei to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Shanghai Chongming Gold Beach and Bihaijinsha Wonder World. Take a break from the city and head to Jinshan City Beach and Shanghai Wild Animal Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), stroll around Fuxing Park, browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and admire the striking features of 1933 Old Millfun.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shanghai online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hong Kong in October: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Jiashan County.

Things to do in Shanghai

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Jiashan County, China

— 2 nights

Land of Fish and Rice

On a tour of Jiashan County, administered by the city of Jiaxing, you can enjoy its quiet, scenic countryside, picturesque scenery, and a variety of rivers and lakes that offer pleasant getaways from the hustle and bustle of civilization.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): browse the different shops at Suzhou Village, then get a taste of the local shopping with Silk Street, and then admire the striking features of Yanyu Gallery. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Xitang Ancient Town and then get engrossed in the history at Six Arts Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jiashan County itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Shanghai to Jiashan County takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Jiashan County can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zhoushan.

Things to do in Jiashan County

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Zhoushan, China

— 3 nights

Buddhist Paradise on the Sea

Made up of over a thousand small interconnected islands, Zhoushan lies at the southern mouth of the Yangtze River, a biodiverse city popular with holidaymakers seeking sea and sun.
On the 16th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Dongji Scienc Spot and then stroll through Cobble Bay. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Longtoutiao Beach, then take in the waterfront at Shenjiamen, and then browse the different shops at Kaihong Plaza.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zhoushan trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jiashan County to Zhoushan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zhoushan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Zhejiang travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites
Nearly every Zhejiang itinerary features Hangzhou, a handsome provincial capital and China's top destination for domestic tourism. Formerly the national capital, this busy city remains best known for its silk and tea, but most visitors come for access to the picturesque and World Heritage-listed West Lake. Another highlight of a Zhejiang vacation is a string of charming water towns filled with restored Ming- and Qing-era architecture. Meanwhile, hundreds of islands accessible off the mainland boast notable Buddhist sites and ancient villages unmarred by the ravages of time.