59 days in East Asia Itinerary

59 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 5 nights
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Dalian, China
— 4 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
Train to Zhuhai, Foot to Macau
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Macau, China
— 4 nights
Foot to Zhuhai, Train to Xiamen
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Xiamen, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
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Drive to Yantai, Ferry to Incheon Int'l Port, Drive to Busan, Ferry to Fukuoka
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
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Okayama, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 3 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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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.
Head to Nanluoguxiang and Wang Fu Jing Da Jiefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and browse for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market.

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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. In September, Beijing is a bit warmer than Billund - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Dalian.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Dalian, China

— 4 nights
The large city of Dalian gets its history from its seaport, its modernity from its industry, and its visitors from the fact it largely keeps these things from view.
Do your shopping at Olympia 66 and Peace Plaza. Get outdoors at Houshi Mountain and Jinshitan Scenic Area. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Tianxing Roosevelt International Center, admire the local landmark of Dalian Donggang Music Fountain, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dalian Forest Zoo, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ji Di Guan - Pole Aquarium..

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You can fly from Beijing to Dalian in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Chengdu.

Things to do in Dalian

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Chengdu, China

— 3 nights

Hibiscus City

The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Get outdoors at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Mount Qingcheng. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fangsuo Book Store and Galleria. Go for a jaunt from Chengdu to Wenchuan County to see Shuimo Ancient Town about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at IFS, make a trip to Jinli Pedestrian Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenshu Yuan Monastery, and get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chengdu online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Dalian to Chengdu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Chengdu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Macau.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Macau, China

— 4 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.
Visiting Coloane and Cotai Strip Resorts will get you outdoors. Head to City of Dreams and Taipa Village Art Spacefor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ruins of St. Paul's, try your luck at Casino at Venetian Macao, view the masterpieces at St. Joseph Seminary and Church, and examine the collection at Macao Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Macau online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Macau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Xiamen.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Xiamen, China

— 3 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Gulangyu and SM new life Square. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at The eighth seafood Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kulangsu Huandao Road, buy something for everyone on your list at Robinson Shopping Mall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanputuo Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Xiamen online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Macau to Xiamen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Xiamen, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. Step out of the city life by going to Travel China Guide and Huangpu River. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take in the exciting artwork at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, enjoy breathtaking views from Shanghai World Financial Center, and get great views at Jin Mao Tower.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip builder tool.

You can fly from Xiamen to Shanghai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Xiamen in September, with highs in Shanghai at 33°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Shanghai

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Fukuoka, Japan

— 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Shika Island, step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then make a trip to Hakata Station, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Mikasa River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Homan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tenpaizan, then take in panoramic vistas at Aburayama Shimin no Mori, then make a trip to Fukuoka Tower, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Fukuoka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okayama, Japan

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then get outside with Okayama Prefectural Multipurpose Grounds, then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama.

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You can take a train from Fukuoka to Okayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Okayama, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Himeji, Japan

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Matsue Swimming Beach and Himeji Central Park. Head to Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets and Piole Himejifor some retail therapy. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Akashi (Uontana Shopping Street & Amore Beach) and Asago (Takeda Teramachi Street, Takeda Castle Ruins, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, make a trip to Otemae Street, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji online travel planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Himeji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Okayama in October, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Do your shopping at Studio Yamato Zakura and Nara Family. Visiting Nara Park and Mount Miwa will get you outdoors. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Kurozuka Kofun (in Tenri) and Kashihara (Kashihara City Tourism Exchange Center Kashihara Navi Plaza & Aeon Mall Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO, make a trip to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, and appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nara day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Nara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Koya and Eeyan. Head to Dotombori District and Minami (Namba)for plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe) and Koya-cho (Eko-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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 outdoors at Kimono Atelier Akane and Hero Tour Japan. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Pola Museum of Art. Do your shopping at Ebisembei-no-Sato, Gotemba and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Sankodai, Momiji Tunnel, &more) and Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Kusushi Shrine). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi route builder website.

Do a combination of train and bus from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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 Asakusa. Step out of the city life by going to Kimono Me and Rock Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Hachioji (Mt. Takao & Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course) and Fudo Falls (in Chichibu). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Takeshita Street, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips