58 days in East Asia Itinerary

58 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Nanning, China
— 2 nights
Train to Zhuhai, Foot to Macau
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Macau, China
— 2 nights
Foot to Zhuhai, Train to Xiamen
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Xiamen, China
— 1 night
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Fuzhou, China
— 2 nights
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Ningbo, China
— 2 nights
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Hangzhou, China
— 2 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Bus to Jiangsu Xinpu, Ferry to Pyeongtaek Port, Bus to Busan Bus Terminal, Ferry to Fukuoka
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
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Niigata, Japan
— 3 nights
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Sendai, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanluoguxiang and Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mutianyu Great Wall and Bell and Drum Towers. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), wander the streets of 798 Art Zone, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip itinerary tool.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Beijing is 7 hours. When traveling from Billund in April, plan for much hotter days in Beijing, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nanning.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Nanning, China

— 2 nights

Green City

Discover verdant natural scenery, a warm climate, and a diverse culture on a vacation in Nanning, a large city near the border with Vietnam.
Visiting Qingxiu Mountain and Nanhu Lake Park will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Mixc mall and Guangxi International Convention and Exhibition Center. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Nanning Zhongshan Snack Street, walk around Nanning People's Park, hike along China and Vietnam Friendship Pass, and don't miss a visit to Chaoyang Square.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nanning route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Nanning takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in April, expect Nanning to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Macau.

Things to do in Nanning

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Trails

Macau, China

— 2 nights
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at City of Dreams and Pastelaria Koi Kei. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ruins of St. Paul's and Taipa Village Macau. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu), examine the collection at Macao Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Centre of Macau, and explore the world behind art at Macau Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Macau day trip planner.

Getting from Nanning to Macau by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Casinos · Parks · Nature

Xiamen, China

— 1 night

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
On the 13th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Yuyuan Garden, shop like a local with Gulangyu, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Zhongshan Road Walking Street.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Xiamen trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Macau to Xiamen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Fuzhou.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Fuzhou, China

— 2 nights

City of Banyans

The capital of Fujian province, the old port city of Fuzhou offers a seamless fusion of nature and industry, historic architecture and sprawling high rises.
Visiting Fuzhou National Forest Park and Drum Mountain (Gu Shan) will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Linzexu Memorial of Fuzhou and Xichan Temple. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Architectural buildings of Sanfang Qixiang and Zhuzi Workshop and examine the collection at Fuzhou Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fuzhou itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Xiamen to Fuzhou takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Fuzhou, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Ningbo.

Things to do in Fuzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Ningbo, China

— 2 nights
A bustling port city with a rich and complex history, Ningbo today offers plenty of varied sites to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Seven-pagoda Temple, see the interesting displays at Tianyi Library, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tianyi Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Ningbo HarborLand Park, delve into the distant past at Tiantong Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Shuice Stela.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Ningbo tour website.

Traveling by train from Fuzhou to Ningbo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Ningbo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Hangzhou, China

— 2 nights

Paradise on Earth

Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Xixi Wetland Park. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hefang Street, and then get engrossed in the history at Zhejiang Museum Wulin.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Hangzhou trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Ningbo to Hangzhou in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Hangzhou sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Shanghai, China

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Tian Zi Fang. Head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Former French Concessionfor some retail therapy. Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), wander the streets of Xintiandi, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hangzhou to Shanghai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Fukuoka, Japan

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Tochoji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Nijino Matsubara. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Tenpaizan (in Chikushino), Kankyo Geijutsu no Mori (in Karatsu) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Tenkai Inari Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, get engrossed in the history at Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza, go for a walk through Ohori Park, and step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Shanghai to Fukuoka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Fukuoka. In April in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Himeji, Japan

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Himeji Castle and Nishi no Maru are in your itinerary. Visiting Tendaki Falls and Ritsuun Gorge will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Yokawa Inter Golf Club MECHA (in Miki), Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets (in Kobe) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, and trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Himeji tour app.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Himeji takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. When traveling from Fukuoka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Visit Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka travel planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Visiting Fuuka-Kimono and Mt. Daimonji will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and shop like a local with Kyoto Station Building.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Odawara Castle Tenshukaku and Odawara Castle. Shop till you drop at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Go for a jaunt from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi to see Lake Kawaguchi about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, stop by Hamamatsuya, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Niigata, Japan

— 3 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
For shopping fun, head to Ponshukan Niigata Station or Tojiro Knife Gallery. Get outdoors at Fukushima-gata and Mt. Yahiko. Change things up with these side-trips from Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Shrine & Yahikoyama Panorama Tower). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, make a trip to Hakusan Park, get engrossed in the history at Northern Culture Museum, and take in the views from Bandai Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Niigata travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Niigata in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. In May in Niigata, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sendai, Japan

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Entsu-in Temple and Shiogama Shrine. Shop till you drop at Shiogama Seafood Market and Sunmall Ichibancho. Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Bay, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sendai Port, admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge, make a trip to Sendaijo Ato, and get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Niigata to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, get outside with Minamisawa Ajisaiyama, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips