53 days in East Asia Itinerary

53 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia route planner

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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
Train
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Tianjin, China
— 3 nights
Subway to Tianjin South, Train to Shanghai
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Train to Chongqing North, Taxi to Chongqing
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Chongqing, China
— 3 nights
Subway to N. Square of Chongqing N. station, Train to Wuhan
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Wuhan, China
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Yokohama, Japan
— 4 nights
Subway to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kobe, Japan
— 5 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Billund

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Head to Nanluoguxiang and Pop-UP Beijingfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, and shop like a local with Wang Fu Jing Da Jie.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Billund to Beijing. Traveling from Billund in April, you will find days in Beijing are warmer (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tianjin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Tianjin, China

— 3 nights
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng) and Printing Museum Building in Tianjin. When in Tianjin, make a side trip to see Yuyang Drum Tower in Ji County, approximately Ji County away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Joseph Catheral, take a memorable drive along Italian Style Street, and admire the striking features of Porcelain House.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tianjin road trip website.

Getting from Beijing to Tianjin by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April in Tianjin, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tianjin

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Three on the Bund. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Bund (Wai Tan) and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Former French Concession, buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, take some stellar pictures from Jin Mao Tower, and appreciate the history behind Jade Buddha Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shanghai travel planning site.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Tianjin to Shanghai in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Chongqing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Chongqing, China

— 3 nights
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II. Its wartime political importance and post-war economic boom have left a number of attractions in Chongqing, including war memorials and museums, government buildings, and thriving commercial districts with a wealth of malls and more traditional market areas.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Three Gorges Museum and Ciqikou (Porcelain Port). Head to Testbed 2 Arts Center and Jiefangbei Squarefor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Chong Qing, explore the ancient world of Old City Wall, don't miss a visit to Jiefang Monument, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chongqing Zoo (Chongqing Dongwuyuan).

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chongqing trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Shanghai to Chongqing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Chongqing can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly to Wuhan.

Things to do in Chongqing

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Wuhan, China

— 2 nights
The provincial capital, Wuhan represents a major hub of commerce, industry, and culture in the center of the country.
On the 21st (Wed), snap pictures at Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guiyuan Temple, and then make a trip to Wuhan University. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Chu River Han Street, get engrossed in the history at Hubei Provincial Museum, and then stroll around Wuhan Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wuhan online holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Chongqing to Wuhan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Wuhan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Wuhan

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Head to Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabarafor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday website.

Getting from Wuhan to Tokyo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Wuhan in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Yokohama, Japan

— 4 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
For shopping fun, head to Yokohama Chinatown or Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Kōtoku-in. Get out of town with these interesting Yokohama side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & Hakone Ropeway) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, take in the waterfront at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, take in the pleasant sights at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and don't miss a visit to Yokohama Motomachi Shopping Street.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya, Japan

— 3 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 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Little World, step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Sakae, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagoya journey planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Nagoya by combination of subway and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.
Dotombori District and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Minami (Namba). Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Japan

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Nomura and Kobe Harborland. Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Naruto (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Otsuka Museum of Art), Awa Odori Hall (in Tokushima) and Awajihanasajiki (in Awaji). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, buy something for everyone on your list at Kinato Meister Garden, revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kobe online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in May: highs in Kobe hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 5 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki and Hashimoto Gallery Bizen Pottery Sankoan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Ohara Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more), Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi (in Bizen) and Okayama (Handayama Botany, Okayama Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji tour builder.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips