59 days in East Asia Itinerary

59 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 6 nights
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Tianjin, China
— 2 nights
Subway to Tianjin South, Train to Hangzhou
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Hangzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Suzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 5 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 4 nights
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Shizuoka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Gotemba, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
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Beijing, China

— 6 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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jiefor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, and get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to China Standard Time (CST) is 7 hours. When traveling from Billund in April, plan for much warmer days in Beijing, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tianjin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Tianjin, China

— 2 nights
Tianjin stands as one of China's largest metropolises, combining modern flourishes with preserved history and traditions to create a diverse city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at NIREN Zhang Shop, browse the different shops at Ancient Culture Street (Gu Wenhua Jie), and then find something for the whole family at Shuishang Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Printing Museum Building in Tianjin and then see Great Wall at Huangya Pass (Huangyaguan Changcheng).

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tianjin trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Tianjin by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. April in Tianjin sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Tianjin

Shopping · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Hangzhou, China

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fei Lai Feng and Lingyin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hangzhou: Ningbo (Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat (Ningbo Old Bund) & Tianyi Square). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), appreciate the history behind Hangzhou Confucius Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hefang Street, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hangzhou trip site.

You can do a combination of subway and train from Tianjin to Hangzhou in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Traveling from Tianjin in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Hangzhou. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Suzhou.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Suzhou, China

— 3 nights

Venice of the East

One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongli Town and Shantang Street. Go for a jaunt from Suzhou to Kunshan to see Zhouzhuang Water Town about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, shop like a local with Pingjiang Road, take in nature's colorful creations at The Lingering Garden, and examine the collection at Suzhou Museum.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Suzhou travel route planner.

Drive from Hangzhou to Suzhou in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a train to Shanghai.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Shanghai, China

— 6 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or Xintiandi. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Former French Concession, pause for some photo ops at Jade Buddha Temple, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), and stop by Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shanghai route planner.

Take a train from Suzhou to Shanghai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Shanghai can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Himeji.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Himeji, Japan

— 2 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.
Do your shopping at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets and Uontana Shopping Street. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Nishi no Maru. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Akashi (Kyu Hatosaki Torodo & Ruins of Akashi Castle) and Awaji (Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, Awaji Highway Oasis, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji tour itinerary maker site.

Fly from Shanghai to Himeji in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Himeji due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Shanghai 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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. For shopping fun, head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street or Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Kobe (Kobe Harborland, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Japan

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Do your shopping at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo and Nara Family. Venture out of the city with trips to Tenrikyo Church (in Tenri), Sakurai (Sai Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and Kashihara (Kashihara Jingu & Kashihara City Tourism Exchange Center Kashihara Navi Plaza). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, sample some tasty brews at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

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You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Osaka in May, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 7 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Misuyabarifor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Change things up with a short trip to Byodoin in Uji (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday tool.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya, Japan

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get some cultural insight at Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Shop till you drop at Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten and Oasis 21. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Okageza, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima (in Kuwana) and Hikone (Genkyuen Garden & Hikone Castle). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Japan

— 4 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Kuon-ji Temple and Higashi Gomon Gate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shimizu Fish Market Kashinoichi and Yaizu Sakana Center. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, make a trip to Kusanagi Shrine, take a peaceful walk through Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and admire the masterpieces at Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Shizuoka vacation planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Shizuoka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gotemba.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Gotemba, Japan

— 2 nights
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Mishima Taisha. For shopping fun, head to Gotemba Premium Outlets or Ebisembei-no-Sato, Gotemba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gotemba: Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine), Mishima (Mishima Skywalk & Gempeigawa River) and Kakitagawa Park (in Shimizu-cho). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park, get great views at Komakado Kazaana Cave, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gotemba trip planner.

You can drive from Shizuoka to Gotemba in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gotemba can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 8 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 some cultural sightseeing at Ginza and Odaiba District. Do your shopping at Asakusa and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Takeshita Street, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Gotemba to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gotemba in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips